…. Tranquille Creek Gorge

January 21, 2016

The watercolour video demonstrations of David Dunlop are challenging and yet simple.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lgtg-Adql1Y&index=6&list=PLtEJwQmsB7SvVg8C4J2c4LDijerH7SSKF (I tried to embed the video itself in this post, but WordPress thought otherwise).  But here is the blurb describing it….”Emmy Award winning David Dunlop takes you to his Connecticut studio to demonstrate a two minute watercolor, used as preparation for an oil sketch or to explore ideas“.

Mr. Dunlop is an artist/teacher from Connecticut, whose manner when teaching is inspiring and animated.  He is a great follower of descriptive, energetic Masters like J.M.W. Turner and Winslow Homer, and seeks to employ their methods, while demonstrating their techniques.

The video cited above challenges painters to do two to three minute painting sketches, which convey the movement and mood and spirit of the subject, without stopping to think and rework.  In an effort to ‘do’ and not think, the subject chosen here is a favourite–a place about 20 minutes from our house–called Tranquille Creek Gorge.




Mr. Dunlop’s videos are quite dynamic and aimed more at oil painters a bit more than watercolourists, but full of very encouraging lessons because of the force of his optimistic personality and sense of fun.  They are well worth watching, for those who enjoy painting as a means of expression.


22 Responses to “…. Tranquille Creek Gorge”

  1. debiriley said

    hi Lance! I’m so glad that you’re feeling a breakthrough – it is a great feeling, of encouragement and excitement!!

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  2. …. how very encouraging you always are, Deb. This is a bit of a breakthrough for me in some ways and I hope to learn from it.

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  3. …oh how characteristically thoughtful you are Alethea~ and I wish you every success as you write. I am now attending our local Anglican Cathedral, the 8 a.m. ‘no frills’ service in the little chapel….and getting involved in refugee support. I am sorry you are dealing with fire. We are always subject to them, and it is a big worry of mine! May God bless you, Alethea.


  4. Alethea Eason said

    I’m letting go of the Heron’s Path, as I haven’t been there since last summer. The Valley Fire has made this year quite strange. My energy has basically gone into teaching and church…which I need to step back from a bit…hope to get working on a novel that has been neglected far too long. But I wanted to say how much I appreciated your comments and your support of my work and wish you the very best of everything.

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  5. debiriley said

    Hi Lance, love how you handled the recession in this painting! you created a clear sense of depth, thru the overlapping and the lovely textural techniques in the front and hardly any at the back! The other thing I love too, is the simplicity of palette creates a stronger range of tonal values that is quite stunning. very nice!! cheers, Debi

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  6. Rebecca said

    I look forward to having a peek – thanks for the recommendation Lance. 🙂

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  7. …. I always appreciate your support and so enjoy your site, Teri

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  8. Thank YOU, my talented friend!


  9. … oh Teresa, no. I did NOT do that painting in 3 minutes, though I went at it with more gusto than usual. I did try to keep to the spirit of ‘doing’ (not thinking/analyzing) so it did in fact turn out much more differently that I’d usually end up with. Thank you Teresa for asking.

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  10. … thank you very much, Cynthia, and when we moved here I was pronouncing it ‘tranquil’ and then heard over time that in fact, it is pronounced ‘Trahn-keel’, which I believe is the French pronunciation (or at least is how a Quebecois would pronounce it). It is an astute question to ask. I sort of wish I’d asked it when I first arrived, (smile).

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  11. ….oh, I’m so glad you like him, too, Paula. He’s quite the character, eh?

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  12. … thank you Rebecca, and I think you might find his presentations very entertaining and hopefully there’ll be something you’ll find a useful tip

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  13. This is incredible work, Lance!!! Wow!! :)))

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  14. Rebecca said

    That’s a beautiful sketch, Lance! I’ll have to have a look at your recommendation… 🙂

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  15. Paula said

    Thanks for the introduction to David Dunlop! He’s fun to watch and inspiring…

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  16. To do and not think…in painting as in life, is to live on the edge! In this case, it has produced a lovely work of art! I am wondering how you pronounce the name of this gorge, like the French or the English, or something in between?

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  17. You did that painting in 2-3 minutes?! Even if you took longer, it is still gorgeous and well-done! I’ll check out the YouTube channel when I’m in town with good internet. Thanks for telling us about it!

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  18. Thank you for the YouTube reference Lance. Your watercolor practice is just brilliant. I keep zooming to look at all of the texture you’ve added. Thank for posting.

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  19. Teri C said

    Looks great and thanks for the reference.

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