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Painting While Facing the Light



How can you capture light in a painting while facing toward the light? I've got a new video that you can watch here or on YouTube.


The technique uses watercolor, gouache, and pastel over a casein priming to capture the feeling of objects against a bright sky. I also discuss whether it ‘breaks the rules’ to combine gouache, watercolor and other mixed media.
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4 Comments on Gurney Journey: Painting While Facing the Light

  • Bevan
    on November 13, 2019 | 00:05 Bevansaid :
    "Chasing the light in painting is so fun sometimes."
  • Glenn Tait
    on November 13, 2019 | 01:20 Glenn Taitsaid :
    "James, great video as always. You mentioned that you were using your watercolours fresh from the tube as opposed to your pans. I'm curious as to your comments about using the fresh paint versus the pans. Also, do your find it's more beneficial when using them like this with a tube of white gouache?"
  • James Gurney
    on November 13, 2019 | 08:40 James Gurneysaid :
    "Glenn, yes, I find the paint much more workable when it comes from the tube. "
  • Rupohi
    on November 14, 2019 | 05:29 Rupohisaid :
    "So nice of your article. Its well defined and informative. I will definitely visit your blog again. Thanks -
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