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James Akers (update)

Back in 2007, I wrote a post about James Akers, an artist who, though comfortable with digital rendering and 3-D illustration, continues to do architectural rendering in watercolor. In the post I made general points about both the way many people — even artists themselves — tend to unfairly compartmentalize and judge genres of art […]

"Fig" Newton, Carnival Worker

Yesterday I took my compact watercolor kit "into the wild" to the Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck, New York and painted an impromptu portrait of James "Fig" Newton, the oldest carnival worker at the fair. He was assigned to a ball-toss game in Kiddie Land. Show More Summary

Ryan Gitter

Texas based concept artist Ryan Gitter works in both traditional and digital media. His work often combines strongly geometric elements with crisply defined edges, contrasted with a atmospheric passages in which edges become gradually lost. He also contrasts areas of low chroma color with accents of bright, intense color for dramatic effect. [Via Concept Art […]

Your Questions about Gear

Marque Todd says:"I bought your WC video and have been avidly following all of the posts this week - a couple of things I am still grappling with for my kit and I hope you can answer: "1) How do you protect your brushes from damage with...Show More Summary

Nancy Natale: Reflections and Shadows

Summer Solos, Part 1: Brenda Goodman    Summer Solos, Part 2: Debra Ramsay   Summer Solos, Part 3: Helen Miranda Wilson Summer Solos, Part 4: Karen Schifano On a recent trip to Boston’s Arden Gallery, I had a chance to visit a splendid solo exhibition of work by Nancy Natale. Based in Western Massachusetts but known nationally through her work and her blog, Natale has created

Results of the Watercolor Pigment Poll

Here are the results of the Watercolor Pigment Poll, which closed yesterday. The poll asked you to: "Vote for your 8 Absolutely Indispensable Watercolor Pigments." Thanks for voting. There were 147 votes in all. Most Indispensable Watercolor Pigments Antique English inlaid mahogany watercolour box made by Winsor & Newton around 1850. Show More Summary

Tom Roberts

Born in England in the middle of the 19th century, Tom Roberts moved to Australia with his parents when he was 13, and became one of Australia’s most prominent artists. Roberts, with his good friend Frederick McCubbin and several other artists, notably Walter Withers and Arthur Streeton, formed the core group of artist known as […]

Custom Watercolor Sketch Kits

In the 1830s, J.M.W. Turner carried a watercolor sketch kit in a wallet. "It's a simple leather case with gauze that Turner would have literally stuck the pigments onto," says Julia Beaumont-Jones, Collection Registrar for the Tate Britain.Some...Show More Summary

Micro Watercolor Kits

How compact can you get with your watercolor set? Here are two of the tiniest I've seen, the Pocket Palette and the Winsor and Newton Bijou Box. At left is "The Pocket Palette" by artist Maria Coryell-Martin It's based on those metal business card cases, with shallow metal pans that fit inside, held in place by a magnetic backing. Show More Summary

'Girtin-spiration'

In the "Greenhouse" segment of my new video, Watercolor in the Wild, I mentioned that I ignored the green colors and painted the scene with browns, ochres, and blues instead. Why would anyone want to do that? Why not paint what you see? Let me explain that decision a bit more. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Samuel Peploe’s Black Bottle

The Black Bottle, Samuel John Peploe Link is to Google Art Project; high resolution downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the National Galleries Scotland. Wonderfully fluid and economical handling of this table setting subject by Scottish painter Samuel Peploe. It carries a feeling of the still life work of Manet, who was likely […]

Civil War Portrait from Life

I'd like to share one more sample clip from my new video "Watercolor in the Wild." I painted this portrait of Civil War reenactor John O'Brien, who is a member of the Salem Zouaves. I met him by chance at a steampunk festival in Waltham, Massachusetts. Show More Summary

Liz Haywood-Sullivan

Liz Haywood-Sullivan is a pastel painter who creates landscapes and cityscapes with an eye to the vibrant color and graphic textural qualities the medium makes available. Depending on size and subject matter, her approach can either be more refined or more sketch-like, with an emphasis on that fascinating area where the qualities of pastel cross […]

Fast technique for rendering textures

During this "Watercolor Week," I thought I would share just two of the 5-minute demo segments (Tortoise and Zouave) from the new watercolor video "Watercolor in the Wild." If you have purchased the DVD or download, thanks!—and don'tShow More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Sassoferrato’s Virgin in Prayer

The Virgin in Prayer, Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato Beautiful painting is in the National Gallery, London, where is is currently part of their exhibition on painting materials, Making Color. This is primarily because of the artist’s use of genuine Ultramarine Blue in the robes. Before the formulation of the modern synthetic version, French Ultramarine, […]

Stephan Martiniere (update 2014)

I first wrote about illustrator and concept artist Stephan Martiniere back in 2006 and followed with an update post in 2008. Since then, Martiniere has updated his website and posted lots of new and wonderful goodies. The problem with doing a post about Martiniere is choosing images for the post, or more specifically, being able […]

Watercolor in the Wild Materials

(Link to video excerpt)Here's a complete list of materials and a buyer's guide for plein-air watercolor painting.This is a supplement to my instructional video "Watercolor in the Wild." I carry these art supplies practically everywhere. Show More Summary

"Watercolor in the Wild" releases today

Today is the release of my new instructional video called "Watercolor in the Wild." (link to watch on YouTube.)Dan Dos Santos just reviewed the DVD on the blog "Muddy Colors." He says: "Gurney is an experienced teacher and you can really see that come through here. Show More Summary

Antonio Reyna

In his early 20?s, Spanish painter Antonio María de Reyna Manescau received a grant to study art in Rome for a time, and settled there permanently. Though he was based in Rome, he spent much of his time painting the architectural wonder that is Venice, as it appeared in the late 19th and early 20th […]

Baltic Heraldry

Family crests from Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania in a 1902 calendar of colour woodblock prints Each coat of arms^ has the corresponding family name printed (in some swish, Art Nouveau-influenced fonts!) on each illustration. Although only...Show More Summary

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