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Painting a Bighorn Ram

This morning I painted this demo in black and white casein at the SKB Workshop in Dubois, Wyoming. I used a reddish brown water-soluble colored pencil for the lay-in, and that color peeks through here and there. The taxidermy is by Lynn Stewart. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Sargent’s Breakfast in the Loggia

Breakfast in the Loggia, John Singer Sargent Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project. The original is in the Freer/Sackler Gallery. Though the image linked from the latter page in not high resolution, there is a nicely large image linked from this post on the Smithsonian’s Bento blog (above the image, “6301 x […]

Joon Ahn

Joon Ahn is a concept artist based in Los Angeles. He was formerly a concept and background artist at Disney, and is currently the Senior Concept Artist at Riot Games. As far as I know, he doesn’t have a dedicated website, but does have a portfolio on ArtStation. He also has a blog, but it […]

Eye Candy for Today: John Hamilton Mortimer pen drawing

Reclining Female Figure in an Italian Landscape, John Hamilton Mortimer Pen and black ink on cream paper; roughly 9 x 12 inches (22 x 32 cm). Link is to original in the Yale Center For British Art, which has both zoomable and downloadable versions on the website. There is also a zoomable version on the […]

Didier Graffet

Didier Graffet is a French illustrator, recognized in particular for his fantasy and steampunk themed work. Well known in his native France, Graffet is undeservedly less familiar here in the U.S. Graffet uses a keen sense of value relationships, a muted palette and a good amount of intricate, textural detail to create arresting images that […]

On Leaving Stuff Out

Charles Lasar, Hillside in Summer Charles (Shorty) Lasar (1856-1936) was an American painter who studied in Paris. He urged his students to leave out unnecessary detail in a painting. He said:"Don’t try to put in a tenth of what youShow More Summary

"Indian Summer" in New York City

. Well, it was going to be a summer show, but a splendid tribute to the late Babe Shapiro stayed up through August, so time and title shifted to the Indian Summer Show. It certainly felt like a summer show, though--still 80+ degreesShow More Summary

More Reviews for the Menzel Book

We've been receiving more excellent reviews of the Menzel book from influential art blogs. "The thing that impressed me most about these drawings by Menzel is that the process didn't become mechanical for him. He was not drawing out of mere habit. Show More Summary

Gouache Demo in Denver

Here I am doing a demo yesterday for my 12 gouache workshop students at at the Denver Botanic Gardens. We find a nice spot next to the water garden overlooking the lily pads and the "Lemon-Lime Gecko" elephant ear bog plant. Tropical bog plant - Elephant ear, gouache, 4 x 6 inches The painting is 4 x 6 inches and it takes about an hour and a half. Show More Summary

Robert J. O’Brien

Robert J. O’Brien is a painter working in watercolor, originally from New York and now living and working in Vermont. O’Brien has a particular focus on architectural and floral subjects. The apparent perfection of flowers are contrasted with his choice of architectural subjects, which are often intimate, close-in views of buildings or other man-made objects […]

Eye Candy for Today: Parmigianino’s Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror

Self-portrait in a Convex Mirror; Francesco Mazzola, called Parmigianino Oil on curved wooden panel, roughly 9 inches (24 cm) in diameter (without frame). Link is to zoomable version on the Google Art Project; there is a downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; the original is in the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, which also has both zoomable and […]

Donald Jurney (update)

Donald Jurney is a Boston-based painter who I have featured previously on Lines and Colors. Jurney paints landscapes that have something of a subtle, 19th century European feeling, while still being assuredly contemporary. His paintings are enriched by his masterful command of color, texture and value relationships. It’s the latter, I think, that is the […]

Eye Candy for Today: Willem Kalf’s Still Life with Ewer

Still Life with Ewer, Vessels and Pomegranate, Willem Kalf Link is to the original in the Getty Museum, which has both zoomable and downloadable versions. There is also a zoomable version on Google Art Project, and a downloadable version of that file on Wikimedia Commons. I haven not had the pleasure of seeing the original […]

Menzel the Man

Should an artist's physical appearance matter, or should we consider only the work? I suppose one's appearance only matters if it affects his work or his outlook on life. And in Adolph Menzel's case his unique form certainly shaped his personal and artistic choices. Show More Summary

"I Always Return to Hue"

Newbury Street view of my solo show st Arden Gallery, Boston So my big plans for a summer of reporting from Massachusetts were cut short when I launched into overdrive to complete work for this solo show. (I did manage two posts, a comprehensive Visit...Show More Summary

Thomas Girtin Watercolor

Here's a study in warm and cool by Thomas Girtin (1775-1802). He worked in watercolor and was a master of architecture. He must have been ignoring greens and possibly reds in this painting to make this a study of blue vs. raw sienna.The...Show More Summary

Lecture Wednesday Evening in Denver

I'll be lecturing tomorrow evening at the Denver Botanical Garden's "Café Botanique."The event is Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 6:30 PM, and the fee for adults is $5.00The topic is "Color and Light in the Landscape," richly illustrated...Show More Summary

GJ Honored in List of Top 100 Art Blogs

Thanks to the staff at Feedspot for including GurneyJourney in the list of "Top 100 Art Blogs"I saw on the list a lot of other art blogs that inspire me too, such as Parka Blogs and Lines and Colors.

Stopping to Sketch in Ohio

We're driving across country to a couple of workshops in the Rocky Mountains, but we stopped in Ohio yesterday to paint alongside the railroad tracks. (Link to YouTube)I rode through this area of Ohio on a freight train on a much earlier sketching adventure. Show More Summary

Bob Dylan's Voice

Don't get me wrong--I love Bob Dylan's music. But lately, every time I hear his voice, I imagine it coming from a six inch tall grumpy elf. Stylistic influence thanks to my friend J.B. Monge

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