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Atmospherics in Watercolor and Gouache

In this video demo, I use watercolor and gouache to capture the smoky atmosphere of an Irish-American street festival. (Link to video on YouTube) ----Materials:Jack Richeson Watermedia Pocket Plein Air Brush SetPentalic Aqua JournalHow to Make a Sketch EaselHolbein gouacheSchmincke watercolor

Patrick Saunders

Often when I feature a contemporary artist, I start by pointing out their geographic region, but plein air painter Patrick Saunder’s location might best be described as “America”, as he and his wife, photographer Kimberly Saunders, travel across the U.S. with an Airstream trailer, following Read More...

Sargent's Preliminary Pencils

How much preliminary pencil drawing did John S. Sargent do before launching in with watercolors in his famous "Muddy Alligator" painting of 1917? Analysis of a related work "Alligators" (below) provides a clue. The 15 x 20-inch painting appears to be abandoned after a few washes were laid down, perhaps because the subjects moved. Show More Summary

Anton Fadeev

Anton Fadeev is a concept artist based in Sochi, Russia, whose focus is on environments. Fadeev works with an unusually bright high-chroma palette and complementary color schemes, that give his work an immediate appeal. He sets a nice balance between naturalistic textures and pleasingly graphic Read More...

Eye Candy for Today: Portrait of Maria Mancini, Jacob Voet

Portrait of Maria Mancini, Duchess of Bouillon, Jacob Ferdinand Voet In the Rijksmuseum; English language page for the work here. There is a zoom icon under the image. The download link requires a free Rijksstudio account (worth signing up for to my mind). There is Read More...

Storefront Challenge Results

Thanks to everyone for entering the "Paint a Storefront Challenge." We had about 70 entries from all around the world, and many of you overcame impossible odds: heat, cold, rain, cars parking in front, and strange pedestrians. There were some cheery stories of friends painting together, and some sad stories of stores closing. Show More Summary

Gradations in Leaf Color

Here's a tip when painting plants: Look for color movement between the newer and older foliage. Don’t paint the leaves all one color. Notice how the green shifts from emergent leaves to mature leaves to dying ones. In the case of the milkweed above, the older leaves at the bottom are lighter and yellower.In this foliage, it's the opposite. Show More Summary

Hugo Mühlig

Hugo Mühlig was a German painter active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Both his father and his uncle were landscape painters. After initial study with his father, Mühlig studied painting in the tradition of academic realism at the Dresden Academy of Fine Read More...

Earl Mayan's World War II Drawings

When New York illustrator Earl Mayan (1916-2009) decided to enlist in World War II, he left behind his illustration career just as it was just beginning to take off. He served for four and a half years as a camouflage engineer and reconnaissance...Show More Summary

James Gurney: Flower Painting in the Wild

Flower Painting in the Wild is the latest full length (hour-long) instructional video from author, illustrator and plain air painter James Gurney. As Gurney points out in the introduction, the approach to painting flowers he takes here is different than the usual flower arrangement in Read More...

Interview with Bobby Chiu

Bobby Chiu, concept artist and founder of the online art education site Schoolism, spoke with me this week by phone (since my internet link is too weak for Skype). (Link to YouTube video)Some of the topics we covered:• How did I learn...Show More Summary


The images coming out of Houston have been so powerful and unnerving. My heart goes out to everyone there who has been affected. (Link to video) Hurricane Harvey has been an unprecedented disaster, but the heroic human stories arising...Show More Summary

Imaginative Illustration Exhibit will open in Connecticut in September

A museum exhibit on imaginative illustration is coming up next month in Connecticut. I'm planning to attend the reception on September 22 (scroll through to the bottom). Here's more info from their press release. The Stamford MuseumShow More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Emil Carlsen Still life with roses and mandolin

Still life with roses and mandolin, Emil Carlsen Another beautiful still life by turn of the century Danish-American master Emil Carsen. This is from the Emil Carlsen Archives, larger image here. The Emil Carlsen Archives is a terrific resource, but I haven’t figured out their Read More...

Speed-Painting People in Gouache

Here's a new video about painting people at a busy crossroads of the Dutchess County fairgrounds. (Link to video) Gouache is ideal for this because you can place layer over layer and fix anything. Follow me on Instagram

William Russell Flint

Originally from Scotland, William Russell Flint was an illustrator and watercolor painter who spent much of his career in London, and traveled and painted in France and Italy. Flint’s illustrations of literary or mythological scenes, as well as Gilbert and Sullivan operas, have a nice Read More...

Live Interview Tomorrow

I'm excited to be doing a livestream podcast / interview tomorrow with Bobby Chiu, concept artist and founder of Schoolism.The interview is set for Tuesday, 3pm EST, 12:00 noon PDT, and if you catch the Twitch stream, you can ask questions. If you miss the live stream, you can probably access the interview on YouTube later.James Gurney on Twitch TV

Painting Live Sheep at the Fair

At the Dutchess County Fair this weekend, I find a Southdown ewe lamb that could make a good model. She's wearing a coat to keep her clean after being slick shorn and washed. (Link to video on YouTube) The limited palette of gouache includes white, yellow ochre, ultramarine blue, purple, and red. Show More Summary

Charles Conder

Born in England, Charles Conder spent a significant part of his career in Australia, where he became integral to the Heidelberg School of Australian art, becoming friends with notable figures like Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts, and sharing a studio with the latter. Conder spent Read More...

Friendship through Marionettes

Ricky Syers, a puppeteer in his 50s and Doris Diether, a community activist in her 80s, became friends. Ricky made puppet alter egos of each of them, and they perform together in New York parks. Link to video on YouTube Another video shows more behind the scenes views of making of his marionettes: Link to Vimeo video

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