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Filed Under:Arts / General Visual Arts
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Archived Since:August 9, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Sepia Wash Drawing

If you're experimenting with watercolor for the first time, a good way to get some practice is to do a study in sepia. Here's a sketchbook page I did while waiting for a train in Italy about 20 years ago. Parco della Montagnola, Bologna, Italy. Show More Summary

Don't throw out your old watercolors!

Instead, seal them in big glass jars. I've got mine in four jars: "Juicy New Tubes," "Semi-Dry Tubes," "Dried Out Tubes," and "Pans Full and Empty." The airtight jars keep the tubes from drying out any further.I use the new tubes for refilling empty pans. Show More Summary

How do we move when we breathe?

(Direct link to YouTube video)How does your body move when you breathe? Well, of course the rib cage expands and contracts, but surprisingly the movement is more up and down than it is in and out, says Michael Black, co-author of a computer graphics study presented at the recent Siggraph.There are many more small but observable movements going on. Show More Summary

Dinotopia at the Children's House

Dr. Jo Ann Leggett, director of the Children’s House preschool of Victoria, Texas recently completed a Dinotopia-themed project for the school’s summer program, and she sent some photos to share.Dr. Jo says: "Children delighted in all...Show More Summary

Trends in Painting Media

I was just curious, so I checked on Google Trends to compare relative search volumes for different painting media. People search least often for the word "gouache,"(in blue) along the bottom. "Oil paint" (in yellow) and "acrylic paint" (in green) are two or three times more popular than gouache. Show More Summary

Rousar Review of Watercolor Video

Many thanks to Darren Rousar, (painter, teacher, author, publisher, and expert on sight-size methods) for the fun review of "Watercolor in the Wild" on the Studio Rousar blog. In case you missed seeing me attacked by a baby miniature...Show More Summary

MOMA Reframes Christina's World

Peter Perez, Foreman of the frame shop at the Museum of Modern Art, discusses the thinking he brought to the reframing of Andrew Wyeth's 1948 painting "Christina's World." (Link to video)

Gustav Doré in Paper Cutout Animation

Lorenzo Papace and Vincent Pianina created this stop-motion animated film of Gustav Doré (1832-1883) climbing a mountain.The film was made to promote an exhibition of Doré's work at The Musée d'Orsay earlier this year (Link to YouTube video)via CartoonBrew

Color Corona from a Bright Sky

I'd like to wrap up our extended Watercolor Workshop Week by talking a little more about a light effect that I mentioned on the video "Watercolor in the Wild." While I was painting this carriage house on location, I tried to convey the feeling that the sky was both very blue and very bright. Show More Summary

"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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Watercolor Week Begins Tomorrow

"Watercolor Week" begins tomorrow, with new YouTube videos every day of the week. Here's a preview of what's coming: And tomorrow is the release of the 72 minute DVD and download called "Watercolor in the Wild." See you then.

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