The Amazing James Gurney Does a Plein Air Gouache Sketch in Monterey

April 20, 2013


If the above embedded video doesn’t work see James Gurney’s gouache sketching video here.

My friend Diane sent me a link to this wonderful 3 minute video of James Gurney doing a plein air sketch in his sketchbook using gouache. He is amazing. He removed two portraits he wasn’t happy with from his page, put in a background tone and then painted…well just go watch the thing. 

I think gouache is amazing, and fun to use.

But when you see someone like Gurney whose talent is so superlative work with it, well you just feel happy.

You might also want to watch this video if you don’t understand the fuss everyone is always making about “values.”

  1. Reply

    You know this gives me some ideas for some sketchbook pages that have been…well a bit wasted lately. I do not feel the need to kill a bad drawing, but sometimes I do not get to finish something from life ( because it moves away or I need to pack up ). a page with a little something on it seems wasteful. GOUACHE TO THE RESCUE! PENTIMENTO IS THE TICKET!

    • jacki long
    • April 21, 2013

    Wow! How impressive and inspiring. Thanks for sharing, I loved it!

    • Miss T
    • April 21, 2013


  2. Reply

    jacki and Miss T: Wow is right. He is amazing. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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    Painting over something is always a possibility with gouache. I have to laugh though at the “lame” (is that what he called them) portraits he painted over. I enjoyed those too. A good sacrifice for this gem though.

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