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

Blog Post Archive

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.

"Troll Caught Tuna" Contest

I noticed this label for "Troll Caught Tuna" from the "Wild Planet" company, and it got me to thinking in a fantasy vein.First off, I didn't know trolls worked as fishermen. What would a fishing boat look like if it were run by trolls?...Show More Summary

Mead Schaeffer

Mead Schaeffer (1898-1980) was a Golden Age illustrator whose work evoked a lush world of drama, intrigue, and romance. His early oil canvases are reminiscent of N.C. Wyeth, Dean Cornwell, and his teacher, Harvey Dunn, which makes him...Show More Summary

Nude Girls Outdoors and Overcast Light

Today marks a milestone. This is the 3000th post on GurneyJourney. I started the blog in July of 2007 and have been posting at least once a day since then. Thanks to all of you who make this blog a part of your routine, whether you're a new visitor or a regular. Show More Summary

Chopped Straw

Painters of the nineteenth century had a way of building up tones with crosshatched strokes, which they referred to as "chopped straw." John Henry Hill, "Plums," Watercolor The technique gives a fuzzy effect reminiscent of engravings of the period. Show More Summary

Bringing you on six painting adventures

Tobias from Austria asked for more information about my new video "Watercolor in the Wild." I'll be releasing it this coming Monday, the 11th of August.The video is 72 minutes long, all shot in HD video on location.I did this study of a taxidermy Galápagos tortoise while sitting in the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Show More Summary

Cartoon by F. H. Townsend

Frederick Henry Townsend (1868-1920) drew this cartoon for the British humor magazine Punch. OUR EVENING ART CLASSES HAVE COMMENCED Mr. X. (our dear Professor, who always puts things so tellingly): "In conclusion, I can only repeat what I said last Term—'It's all light and shade, Ladies, whether you're painting a battle-piece, a bunch of grapes, or a child in prayer!'"

Sargent Thrashes a Farmer

John Singer Sargent's (1856-1925) biographer Evan Charteris tells the story of one of the oddest episodes of the artist's career, which occurred while he was staying in England shortly before Christmas, 1891. Towards the end of the day he was riding homeward. Show More Summary

Advice for Mark

Andrew Loomis Mark asks,"I'm off to university next month and am trying to learn as many techniques as possible, I'm currently going through the Andrew Loomis books at the moment and was wondering what is your process for drawing heads/bodies/objects/environments, etc?" Hi, Mark, Wow, those are kind of a big questions. Show More Summary

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