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Interactive Sketchbook Contest

A lot of artists are having fun making their drawings interact with the real world, so I thought we could do a contest here on GurneyJourney.The idea is to draw or paint a picture in your sketchbook that relates in some way to actual objects in the environment around it and then take a photo of the interaction. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Peder Krøyer’s Luncheon

A luncheon. The artist, his wife and the writer Otto Benzon, Peder Severin Krøyer Link is to zoomable version on Google Art project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Hirschsprung Collection, Copenhagen. Group portrait, self portrait, room interior or still life — Kroyer’s simple but beautifully painted domestic scene works brilliantly in […]

Stepan Kolesnikoff (Kolesnikov)

I came across the work of Stephan Fedorovich Kolesnikoff (alternately spelled Kolesnikov or Kolesnykov) while poking through some Russian language blogs, and had a “Woah! Who is this?” reaction. After searching up a bit more of his work, Kolesnikoff immediately went on my list of favorite artists who work in gouache. Though he also did […]

Giant Rodent Painting in the News

Scientists at York University in the UK and Montevideo in Uruguay have published some new ideas about Josephoartigasia, the extinct giant rodent that I reconstructed a few years ago. They asked if my painting could be used for the press announcement. Show More Summary

Yap Kun Rong

Yap Kun Rong is a concept artist and illustrator originally from Singapore and currently living and working in Tokyo, Japan. His credits in the gaming industry include Metal Gear Rising, Wonderful 101, and Bayonetta 2. He has also worked in comics for companies like Avalon Studios and Radical Publishing. I particularly like his choice of […]

World Beneath Podcast, Episode 1

Last week we finished airing the last of the Dinotopia podcasts, but now I have another treat for you: the serialized audio dramatization of Dinotopia: The World Beneath. You can listen to the Soundcloud file at this link or click the play button above. Show More Summary

Superbowl art bet 2015: Bierstadt and Homer

In what has become a fledgling tradition — started in 2010 at the suggestion of Modern Art Notes writer Tyler Green — major museums from the two regions of the U.S. competing in this years Superbowl have engaged in an art loan wager. Each museum wagers a three month loan of a major artwork from […]

New Gurney/Nissan Race Car Announced

Last night during the Super Bowl, Nissan released a commercial called "With Dad." The ad tells an emotional human story while introducing a new race car, which was designed and built at Dan Gurney's All American Racers. When we visited AAR a couple months ago, they had just finished building the top-secret car and shipped it off for testing. Show More Summary

Howard Pyle's Palette

Blog reader Walt Morton, asks:"Did Howard Pyle teach or endorse a particular palette of colors? He was so methodical and analytical, I believe he had an ideal palette underlying his methods.Yet I find no printed evidence." Offhand I didn't know the answer, so I reached out to my lifelines. Show More Summary

Jakub Rozalski

Jakub Rozalski is a Polish concept artist and illustrator based in Krakow. His work, particularly in a series involving mecha in the context of rural farms, is particularly interesting for the way it combines sci-fi concepts with naturalistic landscape rendering. Show More Summary

John Singer Sargent’s portrait drawings

John Singer Sargent, one of the best portrait painters of the 19th century, eventually tired of his role as a society portrait painter. In his later career he greatly reduced the number of formal portrait commissions he accepted, preferring to travel and pursue his own on location watercolors. However, he continued portraiture in a different […]

The Action Art of Mort Kunstler

On Thursday we visited the exhibition "Mort Kunstler: The Art of Adventure" at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Mort Kunstler, "Buried Alive for Four Months," Stag Magazine, 1965. The exhibit spans his entire...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Arthur Streeton’s Railway Station

The Railway Station, Redfern; Arthur Streeton Link is to zoomable images on Google Art Project; high-resolution downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The more I see of Streeton’s work, particularly in high-resolution detail, the more impressed I am — rich, subtle color, lively brush marks, beautiful […]

Mosaic Imps Sweater

Yoo hoo, knitters! Jeanette says: "I began this sweater in 2011, and almost frogged it, but I persevered and 4 years later it’s done.I usually knit in the round, and this flat knitting really slowed me down! Mosaic knitting requires flat pattern pieces, done on straight needles. Show More Summary

Animation Exhibition in Mexico

"Watch Me Move," an exhibition that explores the art form of animation from its origins to the present day, is currently on display at the Museo Marco in Monterrey, Mexico through March 1. (link to video)Museo Marco website

WAMC Public Radio Interview

Yesterday in Albany, New York, I visited our public radio station WAMC and had a 20 minute conversation with my favorite radio guy, Joe Donahue. Link to audio interview.They'll be giving away sets of my art instruction DVDs as a pledge premium during the fund drive next week.

Joseph Barbaccia

In a process that combines elements of painting, mosaics and sculpture — and perhaps bears some relation to the image making process known as quilling (see my post on Yulia Brodskaya) — Washington, DC-based illustrator and designer Joseph Barbaccia creates his illustrations with colored strands of polymer clay. Working from pencil sketches, Barbaccia create an […]

Dinotopia Exhibition coming to Connecticut

Next month, the Stamford Museum and Nature Center will host a major Dinotopia exhibition. There will be over 50 original paintings from several of the books, including Dinosaur Parade, Waterfall City, and Dinosaur Boulevard. The artwork is completely different from the Lyman Allyn show a few years ago. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Fragonard’s Progress of Love: The Meeting

The Progress of Love: The Meeting, Jean-Honoré Fragonard Link is to zoomable image on Google Art Project; high resolution downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Frick Collection. This was part of a series of four large paintings depicting four stages of love. All four, along with several smaller canvasses, are now in […]

Laura Quinn

Laura Quinn is a UK artist who focuses on wildlife art, portraits and pet portraits. She works in Alkyd, a medium closely related to oil, but with a fast drying synthetic resin as the binder instead of linseed oil. Her approach pays particular attention to the textural qualities of her subjects. Many of her pet […]

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