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W. T. Richards

William Trost Richards, field study36.4 x 51 cm (14 5/16 x 20 1/8 inches), RISD Museum Here's a field study in watercolor and graphite by William Trost Richards (American 1833-1905)The curators of the Art Museum at Rhode Island School...Show More Summary

Podcast: 1986 Readings on Gerome, Repin and Shishkin

In 1986 I was part of a group of friends called "The Golden Palm Tape Network" who shared art-talk via cassettes. I thought some of these recordings would be fun for you to listen to in the form of a podcast on YouTube. Let's start with a fairly typical one called "Academic Chatter," a combination readings and commentary. Show More Summary

George Vicat Cole

Victorian era painter George Vicat Cole was the middle of three generations of painters; his father, George Cole, and his son, Rex Vicat Cole, were both painters of note. His daughter, Mary Blanch Cole, was also an artist, but I’ve been unable to find any information about her online. George Vicat Cole was noted for […]

Exhibit of Courtroom Art

Tom Girardi with beating victim Bryan Stow by Bill Robles. An exhibit in Washington called "Drawing Justice" examines the work of courtroom artists."The nearly 100-work exhibit will feature historic sketches such as Howard Brodie’s drawing...Show More Summary

Book Review: Portrait Drawing by Mau-Kun Yim

I recently had a chance to read a copy of Lessons in Masterful Portrait Drawing: A Classical Approach to Drawing the Head by Chinese-born artist Mau-Kun Yim. The book consists mainly of Mr. Yim's charcoal portrait drawings from life....Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Julian Alden Weir’s The Factory Village

The Factory Village, Julian Alden Weir In the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Use the “Download” or “Enlarge” links under the image on their site. In this late 19th century scene — that makes factory life seem almost idyllic — I love Weir’s textural applicaiton of paint and the way he uses it […]

DIY Pochade Boxes – make your own cheap pochade box from simple materials

As I pointed out in my previous post on making DIY pochade boxes out of cigar boxes, the cost of a commercial pochade box can sometimes be prohibitive, particularly for those on a tight budget or who are as yet uncertain if they want to commit serious resources to plein air painting. So blog posts […]

Berkey Crowd Scene

John Berkey's widow, Demi, remembers what it was like for John to paint the massive crowd scene in this Indianapolis 500 illustration. "John hated those crowd scenes. One of the things he did to keep from going completely mad was to mask off most of the painting and work on only one section at a time. Show More Summary

Your New Easel Builds

You've been sending in photos of your easel builds, and I've been very impressed with the ingenuity and problem-solving you've brought to the task. Glenn Tait 1. The Coroplast Pochade Board This light-weight, three panel, rig is built...Show More Summary

Watercolor Video 10% Off Today

(Link to video) Spontaneous portrait of a Civil War re-enactor, an excerpt from my video tutorial "Watercolor in the Wild." It's 10% off today at this link. The DVD is also on sale for 10% off today.

Modification to Southco Hinges

Blog reader Paul Savoie of Ontario Canada says: "After viewing your latest video on "How to Make a Sketch Easel" I promptly ordered the friction hinges. They arrived a couple of days ago. After a bit of head scratching I figured out how to modify the hinges so that they can fully close for a standard installation. Show More Summary


Chris Rodley set up his computer up with a deep-learning algorithm to combine 19th century fruit art with dinosaurs. The resulting Arcimboldo-esque 'fruitosaurs' have pears and plums rounding out their rib sections. Berry textures stand in for pebbly scales. Show More Summary

Watercolor Streetscapes of Irwin Greenberg

St. Germaine Nocturne by I. Greenberg Irwin Greenberg (1922-2009) was an American artist and teacher whose watercolor street scenes were beloved by his students and fellow painters. Mr. Greenberg—or "Greeny," as he was known to his friends and students—taught at the Art Students League in New York. Show More Summary

Gobelins students’ animations for Annecy 2017

As I’ve been noting every year since 2006, each year at this time, small teams of graduating students from Gobelins, l’école de l’image (Goeblins School of Communications) in Paris create short animations (usually about 1 minute) to be used as introductions to each of the five day’s events at the Annecy International Festival of Animation. […]

Fade Test for Gouache

A little more than nine months ago, the Shinhan company of Korea sent me a set of their Pass Design watercolor/gouache hybrid paints to try out. I gave a preliminary review of the brand's working properties after a painting a pharmacy using a limited palette of colors. Show More Summary

70k on Instagram

An "un-drawing" in celebration of 70k followers on Instagram. (Link to video on FB)See my feed for yourself: @jgurneyart on Instagram

Chihuly vs. the Paparazzi

Gouache study of Dale Chihuly's "Sol del Citrón" by James Gurney Last weekend at the New York Botanical Garden I sat near a gigantic glass sculpture, trying to figure out how to translate it into my sketchbook. Fortunately I had my gouache with me, and I captured the whole experience for you on this video. Show More Summary

Review of "Sketch Easel" Video

Charley Parker of the art blog "Lines and Colors" took a look at my new sketch easel video. Check out what he has to say: James Gurney’s How to Make a Sketch Easel He also did a post yesterday about DIY cigar-box-easel conversions, and he has more to come on homemade easels.

Eye Candy for Today: Giacomo Guardi gouache painting of Venice

View of the Rialto Bridge, Giacomo Guardi Gouache on paper, roughly 5 x 9 inches (13 x 24 cm); in the collection of the Morgan Library and Museum. On the Morgan’s page, you can use the Download link under the image, or the Zoom tab above it. When using the zoom, it’s helpful to know […]

DIY Cigar Box Pochade Boxes – make your own cheap pochade box from a cigar box

As I described in my original post on the subject (which will be updated shortly), pochade boxes are small, usually wooden boxes, meant to serve as a portable artist’s palette and easel for painting on location. Many also contain storage for supplies. Most are equipped to be mounted to camera tripods, but some are simply […]

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