I just got James Gurney’s Color in Practice online video and I’m really enjoying watching it. I haven’t been following through on all the exercises step-by-step, but James’ style of interspersing samples from his urban sketching with every technique he demonstrates really gets me to just go pull out my supplies and experiment.
Gouache is a medium I’ve always had a hard time wrapping my head around, but I’m giving it another try. Here are two little experiments from yesterday. The first one on tinted paper. Tangerines on my table. In black and white gouache.
And this next one from a photo I took at the corner of my street. Painted on cardboard with a basecoat of yellow acrylic ink. The ink helped seal of the super absorbent board a little. Painted in black and white gouache with a wee bit of red watercolor at the very end.
In all the ‘fun’ bits I’ve mentioned, I’ve sort of forgotten to mention how packed with content this video is: explanations of color and value in ways you can see being applicable immediately. And so much more. Plus it’s pretty incredible to see how Gurney just picks up black and white paint in a big, flat brush and mixes them on paper and hits a value spot on.
Thank you, James Gurney, for a super fun day. That video is available here.