FINE ARTS – PLEIN-AIR PAINTING: “Paint Facing the Light in Gouache and Watercolor” / James Gurney ☮

I paint two urban sketches in water media, capturing the effect of bright light and hazy atmosphere. The plein-air techniques that I demonstrate use watercolor, gouache, and pastel over a casein underpainting to achieve the feeling of a bright sky. Also I answer a few of your questions and discuss whether it ‘breaks the rules’ to combine gouache, watercolor and other mixed media, and how to use photography for inspiration for urban sketching.

BORDERS: “Why a Designer Turned the U.S.-Mexico Border Into an Art Installation” / The New Yorker ☮

With shared economic, environmental, and humanitarian concerns, communities of local planners, designers, and citizens work toward cross-border collaboration. Ronald Rael, an architecture professor, takes an opportunity to use art to prove the uselessness of building borders.