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James Gurney’s Living Sketchbook, Volume 3 – Court Report

When I first met author and artist James Gurney some years ago, I had the opportunity to leaf through one of his sketchbooks. Gurney is so accomplished that his sketchbooks often consist of page after page of beautifully realized paintings and sketches, usually in gouache or casein. My immediate thought was that he should publish them in some form, if only because I would personally like the opportunity to look through them at leisure. I didn’t say anything at the time, but some years later, ...
Tags: Art, Painting, Nba, Gallery And Museum Art, Sketching, Watercolor And Gouache, James Gurney, Metro North, Gurney, Dan Gurney, Tools and Techniques, Living Sketchbook Volume


Eye Candy for Today: Frencesco Novelli ink and wash drawing

Diana and Her Hounds, Frencesco Novelli Pen and black ink with brown wash; roughly 5 x 4″ (13 x 10 cm); in the collection of the Morgan Library and Museum. I don’t know much about Francesco Novelli, who was active in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, but I find this drawing interesting for several reasons. First, it’s simply a beautifully realized drawing. The basic ink drawing, in black, is composed of broken lines, with spaces open at many points. The brown wash fills in the form and ...
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Edward Julius Detmold

Edward Julius Detmold and his twin brother Charles Maurice Detmold were book illustrators active in the “Golden Age” of illustration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Both were interested in natural history and animals, and even in their illustrations for books like Kipling’s The Jungle Book and The Fables of Aesop, their images were more likely to feature animals than people. Both worked in watercolor and ink and were influenced by Japanese Prints, Art Nouveau and the Pre-Raphaeli...
Tags: Art, Illustration, Charles, Aesop, Watercolor And Gouache, Nouveau, Edward Julius Detmold, Charles Maurice Detmold, Edward Detmold


Eye Candy for Today: John Carlin watercolor portrait miniature

Portrait of a Lady, John Carlin Watercolor on ivory, roughly 4 x 3 inches (9 x 7 cm); in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s possible that this is a grayscale image of a more colorful painting — the Met’s website pages doesn’t comment — but my guess is that it was painted monochromatically. The portrait is obviously of a real and not idealized person, and sensitively painted in that wonderful drybrush/stipple watercolor technique that was prevalent in the mid to late 19th ce...
Tags: Art, Eye Candy For Today, Gallery And Museum Art, Watercolor And Gouache, John Carlin, John Carlin Watercolor


Eye Candy for Today: William Holman Hunt watercolor still life

Still Life with Plums, William Holman Hunt Watercolor on paper, roughly 12 x 14 inches (30 x 37 cm); in the collection of the Morgan Library and Museum. (Zoomable and downloadable versions of the image are available on the site.) A beautiful and sensitively observed still life by the Pre-Raphaelite master. It appears to be done in a watercolor technique that combines the intricate application of drybrush and stipple. It’s interesting to compare this to the similarly rendered watercolor still ...
Tags: Art, Eye Candy For Today, Gallery And Museum Art, William Henry Hunt, Watercolor And Gouache, William Holman Hunt, William Holman Hunt Watercolor, Morgan Library and Museum Zoomable


Eye Candy for Today: Andrew Wyeth drybrush & watercolor

Flat Boat, Andrew Wyeth Watercolor and drybrush, roughly 22 x 29 inches (56 x 74 cm). Image and link is from a 2013 Christie’s auction sale. While I don’t always respond as strongly to his more formal and conceptual works, I very much like Andrew Wyeth’s watercolors and drybrush watercolors, in which he is just directly observing from nature and interpreting what he sees in simple, often spare compositions. This is a combination of both traditional fluid transparent watercolor, and drybrush,...
Tags: Art, Eye Candy For Today, Gallery And Museum Art, Watercolor And Gouache, Christie, Andrew Wyeth


Andrew Davidson

in an age of digital illustration, Andrew Davidson is a UK illustrator who uses some of the most traditional illustration techniques from previous centuries, wood engraving, color woodcuts and gouache painting. The result is a delightful blend of traditional and contemporary sensibilities. Some of his wood engravings, in particular, have a great feeling of illustrate history, but applied to such modern titles as the Harry Potter series. There is a variety of illustrations in each of his med...
Tags: Art, UK, Illustration, Harry Potter, Watercolor And Gouache, Davidson, Prints and Printmaking, Andrew Davidson, Mendola Associates


James Gurney’s Painting Animals from Life

James Gurney has an uncanny ability to take on challenging painting subjects, and then make his methods clear and easy to understand in low cost, high quality instructional videos. In his newest video, Painting Animals from Life, he tackles the problems of painting animal subjects that move and change position, and shows how to successfully capture them while painting on location. I was delighted to receive a review copy and I found it to be a valuable addition to his continuing line of video...
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Matthew Cook (update 2018)

Matthew (Matt) Cook is a UK artist and illustrator who I have featured previously (and here), mostly in reference to his fascinating role as a reportage illustrator in the middle-east war zones. In this post, I’d like to focus instead on his more recent travel sketches and paintings. Most of these are done in a watercolor style that is simultaneously free and strongly drawn, and would be of particular interest to those who enjoy “urban sketching”. Cook’s wonderful handling of brick, stone and...
Tags: Art, UK, Cook, Illustration, Gallery And Museum Art, Watercolor And Gouache, Matthew Cook, Matthew Matt Cook


Denise Ramsay

Denise Ramsay is a botanical artist originally from New Zealand, who now divides her time between Hong Kong and a cottage in the southwest region of France. Ramsay paints keenly observed and intricately realized watercolors of flowers and other plants, sometimes at a fairly large scale, in watercolor. Her paintings are bold and dynamic, apparently without compromising botanical accuracy. In one of her projects, she painted a poppy from bud (images above, third down) to full flower (top, with d...
Tags: Art, Hong Kong, France, Illustration, New Zealand, Gallery And Museum Art, Watercolor And Gouache, Ramsay, Denise Ramsay


Eye Candy for Today: Van Gogh pen & watercolor sketches

Gate at the Paris Ramparts, Entrance to the Moulin de la Galette, Vincent van Gogh Pencil, pen & ink, watercolor & gouache on paper, roughly 9 x 12″ (24 x 32 cm) and 12 x 9″ (31 x 24 cm), respectively. As I’ve mentioned in my previous posts on “Not the usual Van Goghs“, in a dedicated art career that barely spanned ten years, Vincent van Gogh was prolific, leaving over 900 paintings and more than 1,000 drawings. Yet art book publishers and museum curators often feel obliged to show you the same...
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Henry Ryland

Henry Ryland was a British painter and illustrator active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, who shows the influence of Victorian painters like Albert Moore and Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Though he sometimes painted in oil, he was known for his elegant figurative watercolors. These were rendered — like many watercolors of the time — in a painstaking technique of stipple, with hundreds of tiny dots of color applied to create tones, a process that also imparts a wonderfully appealing surface ...
Tags: Art, Gallery And Museum Art, Watercolor And Gouache, Albert Moore, Lawrence Alma Tadema, Henry Ryland


Eye Candy for Today: Samuel Palmer ink and watercolor drawing

Oak Tree and Beech, Lullingstone Park, Samuel Palmer Pen and brown ink, with gouache an watercolor on toned paper, roughly 12 x 18 inches (30 x 47 cm); in the collection of the Morgan Library and Museum, NY. Use the “Zoom Image” or “Download Image” links on their page to view larger. I love the way that Palmer has used a variety of seemingly casual but wonderfully effective marks — squiggles, dots, dashes, calligraphic strokes, blotches, hatching and stipple — to define his textures. The Morga...
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Liz Shippam

To my eye, there appears to be a tendency in contemporary botanical art to be so respectful of scientific accuracy that contrasts of color and value are often sacrificed, leading to reserved, delicate watercolor renderings that are less impactful as artworks on their own. The bold watercolors of English botanical artist Liz Shippam provide a refreshing counterpoint to that trend. Her refined and naturalistic paintings of flowering plants — and fruit, in particular — bring to mind 19th century w...
Tags: Art, Etsy, Gallery And Museum Art, William Henry Hunt, Watercolor And Gouache, Outsider Art, Emilie Preyer, Liz Shippam, Shippam, Kevis House Gallery


Jérémy Soheylian

Though he sometimes works monochromatically, when I first came across the ink and watercolor architectural drawings and urban sketches of French artist Jérémy Soheylian the majority of his work at first registered to my eye as full color. It then dawned on me that they were actually remarkably effective use of simple warm and cool tones — a muted sepia (or perhaps burnt sienna) and a cool, low chroma blue-gray. Soheylian is wonderfully adept at using the power of color temperature and value r...
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Eye Candy for Today: William Wyld watercolor

St. Mark’s Square, Venice, with Loggetta; William Wyld Watercolor and ink, roughly 10 x 7 inches (25 x 18 cm); in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Use the Download or Enlarge links under the image on their page. I love this beautiful ink and watercolor rendering, not just for its wonderful combination of precision and sketch-like freedom, but for its unusual view of St. Mark’s Square. There are dozens, if not hundreds of beautifully rendered paintings and drawings of that most ...
Tags: Art, Venice, Eye Candy For Today, Watercolor And Gouache, Pen & Ink, Wyld, Square Venice, William Wyld, Loggetta, William Wyld Watercolor


Bror Anders Wikstrom

With the exception of the more straightforward watercolor in the images above, bottom the rest os these wild and wonderfully realized watercolor illustrations are designs for New Orleans carnival parade floats from the early part of the 20th century by Swedish/American artist Bror Anders Wikstrom. Wikstrom originally went to sea as a young man, his career as a sailor was curtailed by changes in his eyesight. Nearsightedness did not prevent him from pursuing studies in art in Stockholm and Paris...
Tags: Art, Illustration, Paris, New Orleans, Rex, Stockholm, Watercolor And Gouache, Sc-fi And Fantasy, Bror Anders Wikstrom, Bror Anders Wikstrom Wikstrom


Igor Sava

Originally from Kotovsk, Russia, and now based in Rome, Igor Sava is a watercolor painter who focuses on cityscapes in his adopted country. Sava’s approach combines deft control of edges with the visual charm of freely mixed washes. His architectural subjects carry a feeling of atmosphere and light, as well as the textures of their materials. On his website, you will find a gallery of paintings, as well as smaller galleries of watercolor figure sketches and imaginative subjects. There is a brie...
Tags: Art, Rome, Gallery And Museum Art, Watercolor And Gouache, Igor Sava, Kotovsk Russia


Thierry Duval

Thierry Duval is an artist from Paris, France, who paints the streets, buildings, plazas — and especially, bridges — of his home city in crisp, precisely observed watercolors. Some of his paintings brim with light and contrast, others are poetically muted and atmospheric. Almost all have a palpable sense of the textures of stone, water and natural forms. I can’t find a dedicated website for Duval, but you can see examples of his work on his Flickr galleries, and lots of images and videos of his...
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James Niehues

James Niehues ia an artist based in Colorado who creates hand-painted aerial maps of ski resorts, golf resorts and other outdoor sporting sites. He paints these at relatively large scale in gouache, using both brushes and airbrush, which allows him to give a high level of detail and texture to his largely mountainous scenes. In the galleries on his website you will also find ski resorts in other parts of the US and internationally, as well as golf resorts. In addition, you will find aerial map ...
Tags: Art, Colorado, US, Illustration, Watercolor And Gouache, James Niehues, Niehuse


Eye Candy for Today: James Peale miniature portrait

Elizabeth Oliphant, James Peale Watercolor on ivory, roughly 3 x 2 inches (7 x 5.8 cm ). Link is to Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In the late 18th, and through the mid 19th centuries, there was a demand for miniature portraits, both in the U.S. and in Europe. These were usually painted in watercolor or gouache on oval ivory, often in the form of pendants, and were kept as keepsakes. Ivory seems to lend itself well to this kind of miniature water media pa...
Tags: Art, Europe, Washington, Eye Candy For Today, Gallery And Museum Art, Watercolor And Gouache, Smithsonian American Art Museum, James Peale, Elizabeth Oliphant James Peale Watercolor


Eye Candy for Today: William Henry Hunt watercolor and gouache still life

Apple, Grapes and a Cob-Nut; William Henry Hunt Watercolor and gouache over graphite; roughly 5 x 7 inches (13 x 19 cm); in the collection of the Yale Center for British Art, which has both a zoomable and downloadable version of the image on their site. Early 19th century English artist William Henry Hunt painted his exactingly detailed still life subjects — often fruit or birds’ nests — in a painstaking stipple technique over a ground of “Chinese White” (zinc white gouache). This gave them a l...
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Ernst Graner

Ernst Graner was and Austrian painter active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Graner painted genre scenes and landscapes, but is best known for his deftly rendered views of architecture and city scenes, particularly in Vienna. In the larger images available on the web, you can see that for all the detail and accuracy of his paintings, his approach to watercolor is confidently relaxed and not stiff. Some of the images I came across seemed overly saturated to me, as is often the case w...
Tags: Art, Vienna, Gallery And Museum Art, Watercolor And Gouache, Ernst Graner, Graner


Michal Jasiewicz

Michal Jasiewicz is a Polish architect whose avocation and passion is painting in watercolor. Like other artists trained in architecture or architectural rendering, Jasiewicz’s work is characterized by a foundation of solid draftsmanship that allows his to apply his colors freely without losing the sense of underlying geometric strength. I particularly like that characteristic of his work as well as his skilled contrast of hard and soft edges. Jasiewicz conducts workshops in Poland and elsewhe...
Tags: Art, Poland, Gallery And Museum Art, Watercolor And Gouache, Valencia Spain, Michal Jasiewicz, Jasiewicz


Paschalis Dougalis

Originally from Greece, Paschalis Dougalis is an artist and wildlife illustrator currently based in Munich, Germany. Douglais has a special interest in birds, and owls in particular. He works in watercolor, gouache and acrylic for his finished pieces, and often works from life in zoos and parks, capturing animals in watercolor or pen, often Bic pens. I particularly enjoy his drawings on toned paper in which he works out from the middle ground with both ink and white gel pens. Though there are a...
Tags: Art, Greece, Illustration, Drawing, Watercolor And Gouache, Pen & Ink, Munich Germany Douglais


Mary Sprague (update)

Mary Sprague is an artist based in St. Louis who I first covered back in 2010, and who works in ink, paint, pastel, wood and clay. Her website emphasizes her large scale drawings of chickens, done in pastel, charcoal and mixed media; there is also a series of images of rhinos in a mix of stylistic approaches and media, but it is her more straightforward pen and ink drawings of trees that most captured my attention. In her tree drawings, Sprague’s light touch and fluid, almost scribbled line g...
Tags: Art, St Louis, Gallery And Museum Art, Watercolor And Gouache, Pen & Ink, Sprague, Mary Sprague


James Gurney: Flower Painting in the Wild

Flower Painting in the Wild is the latest full length (hour-long) instructional video from author, illustrator and plein air painter James Gurney. As Gurney points out in the introduction, the approach to painting flowers he takes here is different than the usual flower arrangement in a vase common to still life or the traditional garden subjects found in landscape painting, in that it focuses on individual flowers, or small groups, in the natural environment of botanical gardens or as wildflow...
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William Russell Flint

Originally from Scotland, William Russell Flint was an illustrator and watercolor painter who spent much of his career in London, and traveled and painted in France and Italy. Flint’s illustrations of literary or mythological scenes, as well as Gilbert and Sullivan operas, have a nice quality of Golden Age illustration to them. He is also noted for his numerous rather politely erotic watercolors of nude or semi-nude young women either posting or engaged in mundane activities, seemingly oblivio...
Tags: Art, London, France, Scotland, Illustration, Italy, Sargent, Gallery And Museum Art, Watercolor And Gouache, Flint, Gilbert, Sullivan, William Russell Flint, Italy Flint


Eye Candy for Today: Watanabe Seitei ink and color on silk

Bird on Branch Watching Spider, Watanabe Seitei Ink and color on silk; roughly 14 x 10 inches (36 x 26 cm); in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Use the Download or Enlarge links under the image on their site. Even though the color in the image looks much like watercolor, when the materials listing for Japanese paintings on silk describe the paint component as simply “color” or “colors”, it usually indicates a paint using pigments similar to European or American watercolor paint...
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Eye Candy for Today: Hans Hoffmann watercolor and gouache hedgehog

A Hedgehog (Erinaceus roumanicus), Hans Hoffmann Watercolor and gouache on vellum; roughly 8 x 12 inches ( 21 x 31 cm). In the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 16th century German artist Hans Hoffman was noted for his detailed paintings of animals and other natural forms. He was tremendously influenced by the watercolor and gouache nature studies of Albrecht Düer, and that influence is evident in this wonderful study of a hedgehog.  
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