James Gurney botanical study video

James Gurney botanical study video, Painting This Botanical Study Nearly Broke My Brain
James Gurney botanical study video, Painting This Botanical Study Nearly Broke My Brain

Painter, illustrator and writer James Gurney frequently posts short videos to YouTube, often showing his painting process. Though I have found pretty much all of those I’ve seen enjoyable and informative, he recently posted a video that I found particularly appealing.

In Painting This Botanical Study Nearly Broke My Brain he sets out to paint a detailed study of a hosta plant in the New York Botanical Garden with watercolor and gouache.

I think what I like about his approach here is the pace of the video. It’s a little longer, and I think proceeds a little slower than most of his short videos.

The subject involves maintaining intense concentration while focused on painting the plant accurately, and — with the exception of a short, sped-up sequence in the beginning — seems paced in a way that pleasingly suits the subject, approaching a feeling of ASMR in places.

 
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2 Replies to “James Gurney botanical study video”

  1. Thanks, Charley for your kindness and for mentioning the pacing. I tried something a little different on this one. At the beginning of the video I jumped right into the topic at fairly high velocity, like we all have to do with YouTube videos, but then I took the foot off the gas and slowed down to the actual pace of painting.

  2. My pleasure, James. I think one of the things painters know — that doesn’t often come through in videos — is the relaxed, focused, “in the zone” feeling that can come with periods of painting or drawing, even when the concentration and effort are intense. I think you capture some of that here.

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