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Courtship Display

What good are feathered "wings" if you can't fly? Khaan mckennai, oil on board by James Gurney Well, if a predator or another male threatens you, you can spread your wings and tail to make yourself look bigger. And you can attract females.And since you are lightly built, your wings can help you jump a little farther and higher. Show More Summary

Taking a Dust Bath

Sparrows do it. Donkeys do it. Elephants do it. And ostriches do it. It makes sense to me that a big feathered dinosaur like Yutyrannus would do it, too. I checked with a couple of paleontologists and they said that the 30 foot longShow More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Carlo Ferrario ink drawing

Ancient Structure Beside a Stream, Carlo Ferrario Pen and black on on paper, roughly 6 x 9 inches (16 x 23 cm); in the collection of the Morgan Library and Museum, which offers both a zoomable and downloadable version on their site. I love how free and gestural Ferrario’s lines and hatching are here, so […]

New Dino Paintings: Flyover Preview

Here's a flyover preview of three new feathered-dinosaur paintings. (Link to video on Facebook) The set-up for shooting flyovers is all home made. The camera is suspended from a Lego cart (tires removed). That cart rolls on two dollar-store metal broomsticks, pulled by a geared down Lego motor. Show More Summary

Johan Krouthén

As was discussed in the comments on my recent post about Thomas Fearnley, the Scandinavian countries seem to have produced a disproportionately high number of wonderful landscape painters. Johan Krouthén was a Swedish painter active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He studied at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts in Stockholm at […]

Hotel Catalina

Hotel Catalina, oil, 8 x 12 inches, Catalina Island I painted this view of Hotel Catalina about 35 years ago. The layers of paint are fairly thinly applied on a panel that was pre-primed with a warm acrylic ground. For the window details, I used a 1/4 inch synthetic flat brush, using Liquin for the medium.

Tennessee man builds Dinotopia in miniature

Photos by Jack Vance of the Johnson City Times Bill Lankford, 78, of Johnson City, Tennessee, built this amazing miniature of Dinotopia. He worked on the 12-foot-long creation for over a year. It includes stairways, bridges, canals inspired by scenes from Waterfall City, Pooktook, and Sauropolis. Show More Summary

Painting stripes on a bongo

When you're painting in oil, it's possible to lay down light shapes over dark ones while the dark under-layer is still wet. But to do that, you've got to keep the under-layer thin and not too wet. That's how I painted the white stripes on this bongo. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Juan de Espinosa still life

Still Life with Grapes, Apples and Plums, Juan de Espinosa In the collection of the Museo del Prado, which offers a downloadable as well as zoomable version of the image. There is also a somewhat larger downloadable version of the image on Wikimedia Commons, but I think the color on the museum’s image is likely […]

Nico Delort & Teagan White at Gallery Nucleus

Beautiful work by Nico Delort and Teagan White — both of whom I have featured previously on Lines and Colors — is currently on display at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA until March 5, 2017. Many of the originals have already sold, but some pieces are still available. If you’re not familiar with these artists, […]

Casein Video Review

ImagineFX Magazine reviews the new casein video in their February issue. "Illustrator James Gurney offers a guide to a much-underrated medium — but there's creative gold inside for any artist."Partway through this video, the latest in...Show More Summary

Meet the GurneyJourney Staff

Ruth Squitieri asked if I do this blog all by myself or if I have a team helping out. So Ruth, Let me introduce my production staff to you. Here’s Clifton, our Art Historian and Image Sleuth. He is an expert on obsolete traditions and hot new trends, which in the art field are one in the same.Jonathan is our Writer. Show More Summary

Quick head study

Painting a head in one minute is a good warm-up exercise. It forces me grasp the essentials right away. Sequence: 1. Shadow shapes, 2. Background, 3. Halftones. (Link for video on Facebook) Tools: water brush filled with Higgins Eternal ink, a big flat brush with a diluted ink, and a sable brush filled with water. Show More Summary

Atlanta Cyclorama Moves to New Home

If the Atlanta Cyclorama were laid out flat, it would be one of the largest paintings in the world: 40 feet tall and longer than a football field.When properly displayed in its cylindrical format, it's a wraparound experience akin to...Show More Summary

WooHoo! We're the #4 Art Blog

I'm honored that GurneyJourney has been identified as the #4 Art Blog about Painting.The ranking is based on: Google reputation and Google search ranking Influence and popularity on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites Quality and consistency of posts. Show More Summary

Sketching at Barber of Seville

I brought my pocket sketchbook to Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Barber of Seville) at the Metropolitan Opera in New York last night. Linda Benson asked, "How do you sketch when the lights go down?"Answer: I limit my means to black and white so I can see in super dim light. Show More Summary

'When should I launch my project?'

Alphonse Mucha working on the Slav Epic Anthony Ross says: "I'm working on a long-term, multi-faceted project that is very close to me. It has the estimated size to the Marvel Universe of comics and is in illustrated novel format. Right...Show More Summary

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live

I'm looking forward to being a guest of Spectrum Fantastic Art Live in Kansas City this April. It's a good place to meet other artists who create imaginative realism.

Eye Candy for Today: Ingres portrait of Madame Félix Gallois

Madame Félix Gallois, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres Graphite on paper, with touches of cold highlighting the jewelry, roughly 14 x 11 in. (35 x 27 cm); in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; use the download or zoom links under the image on their site. Another of Ingres’ beautiful and deceptively simple graphite […]

Met makes high-rez images freely downloadable

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced on Tuesday that they will now make all 375,000 of their public domain images freely available to the public. You can download the JPEGs and use them however you want, including commercially. On...Show More Summary

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