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Archived Since:August 9, 2009

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Gouache Head Demo in Six Acts

Yesterday at a college coffeehouse, I did a little gouache demo on Facebook Live. In case you don't do Facebook or missed the live stream, here's the archived video. The demo is broken up into six chapters because the stream kept freezing for some reason. Show More Summary

Facebook Followup

Thanks for everyone who joined in to the Facebook Live stream, and stuck with oddly intermittent broadcast (we had an awesome connection, but it kept freezing and dumping us out.) Anyway, here's the 15 minute gouache demo. We'll go through...Show More Summary

Release of Portraits in the Wild

Portraits in the Wild is now available. At the bottom of this post are links for the download and the DVD. They're both 10% off until midnight tonight. (Link to YouTube trailer) Also, don't miss the Facebook Live stream starting at 12:00 noon Eastern Time today. Show More Summary

Bunny Hoedown

Bunnies, gouache, 5 x 8 inches If they're awake, bunnies are always on the move. They don't hold still for even a second because they're too busy dancing to their own music. To paint them, I watch for a characteristic pose and then I commit to it. Show More Summary

Caricature Tip

Caricature tip: Don't worry about which features to make bigger. Instead think about which ones to make smaller. Louis Philippe as a pear by Honoré Daumier after Charles Philipon, 1831 If one part of the face must be big, make it bigger. Show More Summary

A Regular at the Diner

Jim is a regular in the diner. He sits at the counter at seat #2 and Rocky sits on his right. What I didn't know is that Jim has been taking painting classes. (Link to YouTube) A Regular, casein and gouache "Portraits in the Wild" releases as an HD download ($14.95) and a DVD ($24.50) on Monday, June 13 at noon. Show More Summary

Mooney Faces

What is represented by these black and white compositions? Perhaps it would be easier if we rotated the images 180 degrees: It doesn't take much information for our visual system to be able to recognize a face. We're hardwired to find faces in patterns of information. Show More Summary

Coming Monday the 13th: Portraits in the Wild

On Monday the 13th I'll be releasing a new video about painting portraits in the wild. This isn't your usual studio portrait demo. It's about people who are not posing. Painting portraits from life takes on a new intensity when yourShow More Summary

Creating a Life-Size Bronze Mammoth

In this short video, paleo sculptor Gary Staab documents all the steps required to a life-size bronze mammoth (Link to YouTube). The piece was commissioned by the Omaha Zoo.Gary Staab's website explains the steps involved in his sculpture of a super croc.

30K on Instagram

I just reached an important milestone: 30K followers on Instagram and YouTube at around the same time. To thank everyone—for following, commenting, and sharing, I made this little video (Link to video YouTube).JamesGurneyArt on InstagramGurneyJourney YouTube Channel

Rose Garden

Yesterday and today we're back in the New York Botanical Garden, where I'm the Artist in Residence. The theme for the exhibition this summer is American Impressionism, so I thought I'd choose a favorite subject of garden painters, the rose. Show More Summary

Interview with Andrew, Fine Art Today

A few weeks ago, I did an interview for an online article, but the author didn't publish the interview—just used it for background, so here it is 1) Tell me a little about your creative process. Once inspiration hits, how do you approach...Show More Summary

Eshu Bumpus

Eshu Bumpus is a storyteller who tells African, African-American, and World stories to a variety of groups. Here's a video of him. His grand boubou or bubu was a fun costume to sketch. I liked the big pipe folds on the back and the half-lock folks on the right.

Yesterday at the Barn

Yesterday I was down at the barn painting a goat and a sheep. It wasn't a sketchbook page this time, but rather full size profiles painted in acrylic on plywood. Luckily I had Sofie to advise me.The farmer, Lenny, asked me to help him with a farm-to-table display that he's setting up for the Country Living Fair starting today at the Rhinebeck Fairgrounds.

Getting Scale in a Pencil Drawing

This is a small pencil drawing, only about four by five inches. But I wanted to give it scale, to make the airplane look as big as possible. What I did was alternate the big shapes (the fuselage and the big shadow shape) with some very small, delicate touches: the windows, poles, railings, and figures. Show More Summary

Watercolor in a Flower Garden

(Link to YouTube)Yesterday I painted a plein-air sketch of a flower garden using transparent watercolor. I also added a few touches of colored pencils, white gouache, and chalk.-----HD tutorial Watercolor in the Wild

Wisdom from Veterans

A couple of the guys that go to the diner are veterans, and they love to talk. I sketch them and write down what I hear.

Sketching in a colonial farmhouse

I shared this sketch a few years ago, but just found some video clips so you can see what the scene looked like. (Link to video) Previous post: A Family Eating Dinner, 1760 style

New puppet design with incredibly fluid movement

(Link to Video) Barnaby Dixon has come up with a clever new way of articulating a puppet.Not only can the little fellow dance with his feet and move his arms and head, he can point, grab things, and even scratch his face."My philosophy...Show More Summary

CG Short about Aristocratic Anime

"Symphony of Two Minds" is a short film about CG animation finding its own style amid a variety of influences. (Link to YouTube)It begins with two cartoon characters eating a meal in an aristocratic dining parlor. They remark on how sophisticated their world is. Show More Summary

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