Jessica Henry Gray Tag

I open with two short "Special Features." In the first, I discuss scene selection. I had hiked down a beautiful wooded creek with many interesting and beautiful potential subjects. I briefly discuss how I arrived and my decision about what I would ...
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In part two, I add the details and textures that will help me arrive at "what I loved" about this view. You are welcome to paint along with me, or find a scene that you love, and enjoy the process of capturing it on canvas
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In Part 1, I introduce you to this beautiful, misty river scene. I talk about how I decided on this particular composition, working through a thumbnail sketch that helps guide me throughout the rest of my painting. I finish Part 1 by showing you how ...
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Part 2 will show you how to mix and block in colors. I also paint in the starkly beautiful winter tree branches.
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In Part 3, I add details to the water and branches and check to be sure I've accomplished my goals for the painting. …and get a visit from a local trout!
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In this first part, I demonstrate how to sketch out a composition and use paint to lay in the design on canvas. Working through the changing mist and sky, I share how you can efficiently make your work capture your initial impression faster.
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While finishing the study, I discuss the use of values and colors to achieve distance and atmosphere. I then talk about utilizing the correct amount of detail to capture interest in your focal area by making selective choices and eliminating extra ...
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There is a lifetime of subject matter to study when it comes to understanding the horse and working out its descriptive form. But we must begin somewhere! I will be adding more equine videos in the future, but for now, we begin here. In this first ...
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Working on the internal features of the face we break down the form of the eyes, muzzle and the ears.
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This video covered the basics of understanding how a mane and tail function and lay on a horse. I also demonstrate how to draw the hoof, its function and mobility.
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Join me as I demonstrate how to mix the beautiful colors of fall, whilst outdoors using my favorite method! I use my standard limited palette to arrive at a wide array of the gorgeous colors of autumn.
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There are some steps In every plein air painters routine that are a must if you are looking to increase your efficiency in the field; and that is the practice of doing a thumbnail sketch before every painting. By doing a sketch ahead of time, you ...
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Painting portraits may seem a daunting challenge, but I want to show you that it can be managed with the understanding of some essential concepts. In this video I discuss how I go about smiling painting eyes with life and sparkle.
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In this three-part video series, I share the method of working with a palette knife. The use of a palette knife is very different than using a brush, and I hope to demonstrate in this video, the many different ways to hold and manipulate the knife ...
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In Part 2, I continue painting distant fields, the trees behind the lavender and begin laying in the lavender rows.
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In Part 3, I lay in the lavender rows and the grassy aisles between them. I show techniques for using the palette knife to depict the rows' shape and direction. Finally, I zoom in on the details showing how short strokes with a dry knife added texture.
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In this first video of a two-part series, I will explain the very basics of beginning a still life. This is part 1, where I demonstrate toning a canvas, blocking in, and massing in colors and values
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Part 2, of the first lesson in still life foundations will focus of further developing the apple and lime still life. I will show more about mixing colors, establishing light, dimension and will cover use of brushwork. These first two still lifes ...
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Every discipline must begin with the understanding of some basic principles. This video demonstrates the basic principles of drawing that will carry you through all your artistic disciplines, with practice.
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Most of us have some extra waiting time every now and then. What better exercise for the artistic mind than to practice some quick drawings while out and about. In this video I show you how to capture a quick tree from life.
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This first lesson in a three-part series is the preliminary stages of a portrait demonstrating Sight-size drawing technique. A portrait was chosen because I want to demonstrate that the process of drawing is not complicated, but rather a series of ...
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In the second video of this three-part series, we will work further on the portrait that was begun in the first lesson. I will develop the portrait working out the contours of the face and begin laying in the values.
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In this final drawing sight size video, I work to finish the portrait drawing. I hope that you will see that there is nothing complicated or daunting about drawing anything you want! Its all a matter of observation, taking your time and careful ...
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Painting the portrait is one of the most challenging disciplines of painting known to artists. In this section of painting portraits, I begin with the foundations of portraiture. We first discus the skull, and I demonstrate a simple sketch of a skull ...
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In this second video lesson of the foundations of portrait painting, I begin the painting of this gentleman by toning the canvas and demonstrate how to use my comparative drawing method to capture his likeness on the canvas.
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In this final video of the foundations of portraiture, I will demonstrate the finishing touches of sculpting out the form by using three basic values (light, middle tone and dark) to create the illusion of depth and facial topography.
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In this three-part video series, Color and Character, I will carry you through the next stage of portrait painting with working through color mixing! First, we begin with the drawing of our subject. I demonstrate in this first lesson, again the ...
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In this second video lesson of the Portrait studies, Color and Character, we delve into the weeds of really looking at mixing color. I explain the use of cool and warm color and I block in the foundation. I also begin to work through the capturing of ...
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Wrapping up the final video of this set of three in our Color and Character study, I demonstrate the importance of refining, looking and checking all areas that will need work. Then I isolate passages that need accents, and ask the question, “Did I capture
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This delightful three-part series in painting the portrait, I take you on a journey of painting a sweet little girl. This series will focus on using your brushwork to create form, understanding cool and warm in painting portraits while still ...
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In this second video of painting this sweet little girl, we take a closer look at refining the form and capturing the look of a child. There are wonderful palette shots demonstrating mixing skin tones. Edge work is also discussed as it pertains to ...
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In this final video of panting a young child, we polish up the structure, push the cool and warm vibrancy and finish painting her hair, clothes and develop a simple background that does not distract and enhances the glow of the child.
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In this three-part video series, I break down the process of portrait painting as it is more like sculpture than drawing. I want to emphasize the importance of considering facial topography in these videos. This first lesson will cover the likeness ...
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The second video lesson in this series about sculpting form will see the portrait come to life more by developing the three main values and building some descriptive form using color and brushwork.
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In this final video lesson about sculpting the portrait, we will see this painting come to a close with the addition of some final touches, discussion on paint quality, and using backgrounds to define edges and create atmosphere.
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In this video I will share with you what I carry with me when I want to do a little plein air work with my watercolors. It's a fun treasure hunt example for the individual looking to set up their own plein air kit of watercolor and pen and ink ...
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Watercolor painting is such a delightful painting medium with ease of materials, packing and accessibility. Many people feel intimidated by it's unpredictability and permanence. In this video, Jessica will demonstrate the basics of Victorian ...
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Jessica continues to present basic watercolor techniques such as broken color. Master these basic essentials, and there isn't anything you can't watercolor paint! Soon you'll be packing up your watercolor kit to take with you anywhere!
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In this Victorian Watercolor video, we use the techniques from the Watercolor Foundations Lessons 1 and 2. Together we paint a lovely fall scene of a lakeshore cabin and a small boat. Be sure to pause the video when more time is needed.
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Efficiently packing for plein air painting is the first step to having a successful time enjoying the great outdoors doing what you love. In this short video I will show you the best options for keeping your equipment lightweight and essential.
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In this video I will demonstrate how to find a scene to paint in a park setting, develop your thumbnail sketch and block in the values on canvas
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This lesson will see you through blocking in the value and color masses, mixing greens and will further develop the painting begun in lesson 1.
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Wrapping up the painting from lessons 1 and 2, this video will demonstrate how to work through keeping your first vision, tightening up the composition and how to know when you’re finished.
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Everyone loves fall colors, water and reflections. In this video series, I will demonstrate how to capture a lovely fall pond scene with simple basic steps so you can confidently master plein air painting fall color, water and reflections. Starting ...
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Working through the painting in the first video, I demonstrate the middle passages of this forest, water and reflections scene. There are definitely layers of a complicated scene and I break down those complexities to show you an easy process.
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Wrapping up the set of three videos on painting fall colors, water and reflections, I share the finishing touches of capturing the life and energy of a forest scene. Often people ask how you can know when you’re finished and I share how you can know ...
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Capturing our furry friends on canvas is the artistic desire of many! In this set of three videos, I demonstrate my simple approach to capturing a likeness of a sweet border collie. No matter what animal you’d like to paint, the principles are all ...
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In this second video of painting animals, I demonstrate the middle passages of working through more of the blocking in of values of the Border Collie. I also show how you can use brushwork to demonstrate the flow of animal hair and develop form. ...
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In this third and final video of painting the Border Collie, I share how to finish the eyes, nose and all the remaining details that make up the character of the animal.
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Nothing says majesty and grace like the noble horse. I am excited to share with you a clear simple step-by-step process to capturing a horse head portrait in this video set of three. (Please note: In this video series, my canvas is slightly tilted ...
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In this second video of painting the horse head, I will carry you through the process of blocking in the values and refining the form with brushwork.
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With the values in place for this third and final video of painting the horse head, I will wrap up the portrait with finishing touches of correcting any issues, developing more of the character around the eyes and painting the sculptural, cool ...
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