2 COLOR CHALLENGE – Painting with James Gurney

2 COLOR CHALLENGE – Painting with James Gurney

Hey guys. What’s the lav you use instead so I know not
buy one? No, it’s actually really good. Okay, it’s good. It’s actually really good. I don’t know what’s happening. Here we are. You start it out it’s your show. Yeah, there’s all these old ones that I have
tested out. That’s cool. We could paint in here if we want to do a blacksmith shop. That’s nice. Are you still on this then or we’re in this? We’re on that. We’re gonna do limited palettes. I’m gonna do black, white and then kind of
warm and cool. And then, what are you… I’m just going to use black and black and
black, just all black. Just all black. So this is cool because right now it’s all
in shadow. But as the sun goes down, it’s gonna light
up that wagon and that might be interesting. I’m probably going to paint the wagon. Oh okay, that’s perfect. So I’m gonna come back. I’ll give you guys about another 30 minutes, but this whole we’re going to close up. Really? Yeah, so this one is gonna be locked down
in about 30 minutes. So if you guys see anything else, come in don’t let them setup Well, where do you wanna go? Kind of sucks, doesn’t it? We’ll just walk around the plaza and see if
we can find out where we’re legal. We’re gonna walk around some more? I don’t know. I guess then we’ll get out of here. Oh, I think they locked us in. Which way is out That way. God paint everywhere! White, orange, oh schnaps… I didn’t bring ultramarine, but it’s okay. I’ll use a brighter color. S#&! That could work. PROKO!!! What up?! What’s up Mark Did you paint yet? I haven’t started. F&*# I wonder how the greens are going to turn out… cause it’s just gray… It’s the ultimate test right here. That does not feel green at all. I’m trying to give it a glow right in here. Like it’s so bright that it’s glowing warm. Let’s go see what James is doing. Hey.. What are you doing? Working on the back of this old… Man. …old Spanish old house with the tiles kind
of catching the light, although there’s not much light on it left. And then a parked car here… That’s really cool. And so we’ll be putting palm trees and stuff
in there. You get that detail in quick. Oh boy, we had to work fast after our little
mishap there, picking the wrong motif. Actually, I think I’m enjoying my subject
now more than I was before. I think I… I am too, yeah. It’s a little more simple than the wagon inside
of that. You have to believe that. No. Well, yeah I guess I do. It would have been even better if I’d… Yeah. No, it’s true. The light gets better and we were just saying
this with another artist. Sometimes you’d spend three hours on a painting
and then you finish that, and then you spend a half an hour to do another painting, and
it comes out better than the one you spent three hours on. I’ve had that before too. Well, you get your practice in. You get comfortable with the colors. Yeah. The other thing we noticed is that after we’ve
been painting, everybody drive home, everything is a motif. I would go into the motif and trying to get
started. I have a hard time finding what to paint,
can’t decide, but then when you’re going back you say, “That’s the painting. That’s the painting. That’s the painting,” because you’re sensitized. So this is one of a couple different confusing
systems we… That’s cool. It holds on to the gripper here and it’s adjustable
but it just gives you diffused light where you need, just a little work, because why
do you need it over everything else? You wear a hat that’s probably good. Yeah. But it doesn’t block the light. It diffuses a little bit? Well, it blocks light. It diffuses it and blocks it so that you’re
in the shadow. It’s transparent. It’s white nylon so you won’t get any direct
sunlight on your work. Okay. That’s cool. And it won’t blow your easel away. You know a lot of people come by this area? A few people come to say hello. So you’re going in and painting in the tree
and pretty much covering the whole surface whatever the color is. Yeah. I’m just throwing the painting right now and
then I’m gonna go back over everything and figure out details and stuff. Has the light changed a lot on you? No, not a lot. The shadow’s moving towards it but it’s still
open. The shadow is getting longer but as far as
the shadow pattern on the wagon, it’s very close to what it was. Jeanette and I, we did different views of the same
thing. Bring yours over, do you have yours handy Jeanette? And because I did the horizontal, you can’t
see the tops of the palm. And we have worked it out. Luckily, Jeanette… We’ve been married a long time. That’s awesome. There they are. So we gotta stick these together somehow. And did you line them up on purpose? No, that’s what’s weird. We’ve been married a long time.

Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “2 COLOR CHALLENGE – Painting with James Gurney

  1. Proko says:

    What other art challenge should I do?

  2. Casey Daniels says:

    I'm really digging Proko's personality in this. I like the candid feel. Swearing makes the setting feel more natural too.

  3. Kate Kursive says:

    Jealous you got to do that! :O Great job!

  4. Esteban Martinez says:

    That's so cool!

  5. Leonel Vilela says:

    Could this become a new exercise to improve my understanding of colour temperature and values, for examples in a portrait painting?
    I work as a full time nurse and self studying art in the evening and weekends. I post my works on instagram and my personal facebook page…….we all love thumbs up, likes, hearts, blue birds etc etc but I more looking for feedbacks in how I could improve my painting or drawings. If I send you a picture/s of some of my drawing or painting, would you consider make a video where you analyse what went wrong and why?

  6. Derpy Zero says:

    3:21 that "oh shnaps" gave me life

  7. salsa says:

    this was cool but how are you gonna wear a button up with sandals smh

  8. EinwildesFetz says:

    What kind of art easel is that?

  9. Casa Tequila SF says:

    What easel portable equipment are you using?

  10. Jobie Lee says:

    did you line them up on purpose?
    no! thats whats weird, we ve been married a long time.
    that is so precious!~

  11. Trina Trina says:

    Using only black and white challenge

  12. Lili Tincher says:

    OMG, James Gurney in San Diego? How did I miss this!!!!!
    Thanks for the great video.

  13. Amen Hush says:


  14. r vbruggen says:

    Awesome to see what you can do with such a limited palette!
    By the way, it's much easier to get the values right on the cart if you paint in some of the background around it.

  15. bayroutte says:

    it actually have this greenish feel to it, great job!

  16. Ryan Morgan says:

    Very disappointed not two colors

  17. Mari Rosas says:

    Hi Stan, do you have any video about composition i haven't come across? It is such an important process to think about beforehand that it would be nice to hear your thoughts on it. I did see a Aaron Blaise vid talking about thumbnails but just saw your sletches when you draw him as Santa. Anyway, thanks for making these videos and sharing so much. Your work is truly remarkable!

  18. Potato Messiah says:

    Hey Proko, you mind linking me to that color wheel at 4:29? I like it better than ones with white in the middle.

  19. Elin Jona says:


  20. tasfa10 says:

    I loved the thing with the palm trees x)

  21. mick maus says:

    I've just started teaching myself to draw and all your videos on formal techniques and tools are amazing, really high quality stuff compared to a lot of youtube. These fun videos with some of my childhood heroes are simply icing on the cake.

  22. Adrien Green says:

    Stan this is one of the realest videos I've seen you in, your scripted lesson stuff is great but I'd love to see more stuff like this as well!

  23. dagoelius says:

    Hey Proko, where can I find out more info about the adjustable camera mount on your easel you are using in this video?

  24. Gal Kononenko says:

    lold at the farting tubes

  25. Juan Joya says:

    Pigman :u7

  26. mcbaltz says:

    Proko and Gurney… Oh my…

  27. Jacqui Griffin says:

    Why did your making rude noises when squeezing out the paint make me laugh so much!
    You make painting such fun!

  28. novusvoss says:

    Gee, I'd like to be married a long time too…

  29. Dean Reichel says:

    Two color composition, that's so Joss Whedon

  30. Renzo says:

    The rough sketch turns out well.
    But, I noticed at 2 min 44 sec. that you hold your pad horizontally rather than upright at the same angle as you are seeing the wagon.
    Does that ever cause distortion?
    Or doesn’t it matter with just a rough sketch?

  31. Joe Barbot-Doherty says:

    I love watching art vids but then when I try to draw it just doesn’t feel right

  32. Magnus Andersson says:

    Such a great video! As a beginner, being able to watch the entire process really helped me understand how to work with b/w values early on and then selecting a corresponding color palette. Was really struggling with this before.

  33. Lucas Ariel says:

    4:29 to 4:36 great painting information in a just a few seconds( for me at least)

  34. c Continuum says:

    The ending was really sweet

  35. Kate Bauer Art says:

    Loved the video. Would love to know what camera set up you have on your easel?

  36. Illfuckinjunkie says:

    1:10 I though that was paint without reading it was sunscreen. Thought proko had gone goof for a sec

  37. Tugis Art Studio says:

    Amazing. That means that non of your colours can go to waste as you would utilize it.

  38. Tugis Art Studio says:

    The other guy used multiple colours.

  39. Casey Rojas says:

    This is cool. I’ve been looking into the Zorn palette. Anders Zorn mostly used black, white, yellow ochre, and cad red.

  40. Thibaud says:

    2 or 4 colors ?

  41. Dan Leydon says:

    brilliant video, this is why i'm on youtube

  42. Klay Thoring says:

    ahhhh James Gurney is my hero ~ so cool !

  43. Indiegaze says:

    You'd think it would be natural when you bring on a high profile guest, that you spent your time filming his work and process. Instead, he just films himself and leave very little time for the guest. Seems very rude to me.

  44. Gika Moomin says:

    I was smiling all the way looking at you guys paint, you’re amazing 🙂

  45. Gulchehra Ibrohimova says:

    is it just me or at 7:30 there was a little bug moving in the painting lol

  46. iris muddy says:

    awesome stuff! that glow on the wagon was great. james is so delightful too

  47. David Thomas says:

    I thought the sunscreen was paint


    Wow amazing… so easy…. so fast.. and the glow so easy and I am a rookie with 30 years of drawing behind me so easy.

  49. lu kA says:

    I like it a lot, this is a beautiful paint

  50. Vendredi le Majordome says:

    Greetings from Montréal, Québec, Canada, I want to know the Brand name, Model and price of your Easel (I know I shall have to convert into Canadian money) just to have an Idea of its price and if it is available in Montréal or E-Bay/Amazon? I find it ssooo practical with its built-in platform case. Thank you for those videos that motivate me to start 'Painting' as a beginner !!!

  51. anne almario says:

    is this oil paint?

  52. Saionjisan says:

    I wish i had a friend who would join me to paint outdoors :3 seems nice!

  53. Hadas Ben Shalom says:

    Cool Show. WoW to both guys! the Wagon is Brilliant even as a master-copy:)

  54. Benjamin says:

    Lol, I love the far sound, very funny, thank you guys, wonderful to the artists get together and have a fun time .

  55. Ron Schlorff says:

    Friendly fat park ranger!! He should be on the running path, rather than hassling artists at work. By the way, I've been to that park a few times and other than where they ended painting, and a nice old church, there is not that much interesting subject matter; unless you like painting tourist trap stores and the many Mexican restaurants. Good food at the latter though at the Blue Coyote, I think was the name!

  56. Anxie Ackersonlock says:

    What is this, A crossover episode??! 💕

  57. Liubov K. says:

    What a great video! Awesome company! And oh, your painting looks so great. How come such a boring wagon looks so interesting in your art work! Thanks for the video and for instruction notes, Stan 👍🏻

  58. E A Sports says:

    puts white paint on face instead of sunscreen

  59. the law says:

    1:11 nice titanium white

  60. Pubbets! says:

    Hi do you have an affiliate link to buy that camera mount? I'd like to get one for my online classes and am happy to support you if you do Amazon etc

  61. kisha potato says:

    I will never be as great as this🙁

  62. The Raven Mask Channel says:

    when he put on sunscreen i thought he put white paint on his face

  63. MarkNiceyard says:

    The drawing is completely off showing the wagon getting wider at the bottom. But at least the colours are ugly. 😀

  64. Wenceslao Futanaki says:

    Painting outdoors is not a crime

  65. realcolormusic says:

    already subscribed both of you. ^^ you guys are amazing.

  66. MrBlazinman says:

    found his a channel a few weeks ago, its honestly very interesting and I've watched a few of his videos. He makes me want to better my painting skills although I'm not going for a concentration in it lmao, the fact he catches such defined detail in short amounts of time is wild.

  67. Juan Odia says:

    Ojalá hubiera canales tan buenos como este pero en español.

    El vídeo está increíble!

  68. Real Idiot says:

    Hey look it's Proko!

  69. Roger Garcia says:

    It's gracefully see proko having problems!

  70. bodhi sattva says:

    love the video, was wondering what easel you were using here proko?

  71. Christopher Greed says:

    How much for the Kit @proko haha

  72. angela14962002 says:


  73. Creator Nater says:

    Nice work Mr. Proko. I've subscribed, will you?

  74. Zarah McIntosh says:

    It still freaks me out a little when I can actually reach and talk to people I've highly admired as a kid. It's so trippy.

  75. Lunes de comida says:

    This is very interesting

  76. Starsky Studio says:

    It definitely makes one rethink their painting pallet

  77. Piyush Goyal says:

    3:50 lol😂😂😂😂

  78. jeffhreid says:

    Stan hangs out with all the cool kids!

  79. Eybietie says:

    0:19 quite comical seeing a crowd of painters haha feels awkward to me XD

  80. Eybietie says:

    1:11 when you block the sun with titanium white ^^

  81. Mark Whippy says:

    How about two colours without using black and white?

  82. Chen Ern Khai says:


  83. Vinesh says:

    Roses are red, blues are violet.

  84. 10milesfromnowhere says:

    Gamut mask, I never got it, until 4:34 . Thank you!

  85. Ammar Eldeeb says:

    You are holding the brush like the charcoal pencil 😂

  86. Sebastian Lopez Botero says:

    Im learning SO freaking much from you two

  87. xbravestarx says:

    A legend

  88. Marley Peifer says:

    no, not pthalo! that was close…

  89. tyler snider says:

    Makes me want to paint I’ve been meaning to I’ve just been a little too focused on drawing

  90. Charles Hancock Creations says:

    This is a great video. Reminds me of you and Cesar Santos at the museum. I enjoy these every once and again.

  91. Caroline Ullrich says:

    I heard that during the start of the tree on the right! lol!

  92. JiveDadson says:

    It's astonishing what can be done with black, white, and orange. You get the blues, so to speak, by means of simultaneous color contrast.

  93. James Cunningham says:

    greens turned out just fine

  94. K says:

    You guys really seem to enjoy doing these tiny, detailed and quick paintings.Great work.Cheers from India.

  95. LAM' Art Channel says:

    that's a good piece of art, you managed to get a colorful scene even with replacing the real values by the ones you got in your supplies, shows that we should know how to create values and draw the scene even if we are short on options

  96. 2 subs With no vids says:

    Who else thought at the start of the video he was squeezing paint into his hands, not sunscreen?

  97. John Marston says:

    I already knew james and i never thouht you 2 would cooperate

  98. jansen melo says:

    What Brand of your watercolor paper pads?

  99. Grace Elizabeth says:

    1:11 I thought he was squirting paint onto his hands and face

  100. alienjjj says:

    great video! wish i could still rate in stars in youtube cause i wanted to press like several times. also wish it was longer, really enjoyed it

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