Toned Sketching

April 20, 2017

I have been looking at the work of James Gurney on Youtube and on his site:  (, and his blog:  (  I like his sketching, his sense of humor, and his obvious intelligence.


He tones his sketchbook pages and I tried it in my own. I made my watercolor paper sketchbook and the paper is a bit to rough, but I have since used matte board and a little less rough paper to practice. In the future I will likely try to purchase a sketchbook recommended by Mr. Gurney.


Gurney also uses gouache and casein in his sketching. I have enjoyed gouache before looking at his work, and I ordered casein to try. Casein is a little different to use (opaque), but I have been having fun each day and I find painting small is fun AND fast. 


Below is a sketch of a sketch I did at the Crooked Fence Brewery in Eagle while painting with the Nampa Art Guild plein aire group. 

This one is Bayberries Florist shop in downtown Caldwell.

Last is a Gouache/casein on matte board. The sky came out pretty great, to me. 

 The matte board was already a sort of orange color, so I didn't tone it. I did the others. I like the orange/burnt sienna tint best, but I am experimenting.  Check James Gurney.


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