Thursday, May 10, 2012

Hazy Day in Bridgewater


It was a hazy day in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, an unremarkable street corner. Nothing special happened. 


The picture is 5x8 inches, watercolor with white gouache over pencil and brown fountain pen. 
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13 comments:

Wouter Tulp said...

Wonderful, James!!

Scorchfield said...

Sorry, but I don't see very well the lights of semafor! :)

christin said...

This is very educational content and written well for a change. It's nice to see some people still understand how to produce a quality post!

James Gurney said...

Thank you, Wouter.

Scorchfield, you're right! And if the drivers can't see them either, something dreadful might happen in Bridgewater.

Christin, Thanks. Well-written educational high-quality posts are my specialty.

John Fleck said...

Something DID happen: you immortalized that moment!

It is interesting to cover the left, sunlit side of that
house with your finger, as it is the key spot that tells you the direction of light.

The Commodore Of Chaos said...

i know exactly where this is! its such a small world.

Laura G. Young said...

Love the soft, pearlesque light.

I've heard that gouache can flake or crack over time; has this ever been a concern?

James Gurney said...

Laura, I suppose if it was caked on really thick it could, but this is quite thin.

Commodore: That's one of the things that amazes me about the internet. Nothing is obscure.

John, I'm glad you noticed that. It's the only pure white in the scene.

wade_watson said...

I completely disagree with your assertion. Something special is always happening when James Gurney is painting in his sketchbook.

Gregory Lee said...

Vonnegut's second fairy tale and his real life graphs start and end the same way -- neutral at the start, a little better than that at the end. Very optimistic.

Tsuji Kentaro said...

Hello!i'm a HigtschoolStudent from Japan. I'm a hardcore fan of your dinotopia book.And I love you your pictures!And I want to become an artest,sencie I read your book
I was serching how to contact you.and I found your blog!
i am not good at english so maybe I write down things hard to understand..well at that time please forgive me.


Anyway!nice picture!!

James Gurney said...

Thank you Tsuji, that is so nice of you to comment. Have you seen the Japanese editions of my art instruction books, Imaginative Realism and Color and Light? Your English is good!

Dave said...

I lLike the use of white. That is interesting as so few artist use white as a glaze, that is to achieve the effect of a misty day or the blush on a persimmon or a plum. as with watercolor you have to have just the right amount of pigment on the brush for it to work, that is look real.