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Archived Since:August 9, 2009

Blog Post Archive

At the Sarasota Chalk Festival

Last weekend at the Sarasota Chalk Festival in Venice, Florida, the theme was Extinct and Endangered Animals, and I was honored that two of the artists chose images from Dinotopia to recreate as gigantic street paintings. Jennifer Chaparro, photo by Craig Houdeshell. Show More Summary

Dinotopia Podcast, Episode 2

It's Tuesday, time for the new episode of the Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time serial podcast. To listen, click the play button below or follow the link to the SoundCloud file. The adventure continues as Arthur and Will adjust to a world where humans and dinosaurs live as equals. Show More Summary

Your DIY Pochade Easel Designs

Last month after sharing my own lightweight sketch easel design, I put out a call to all you Do-It-Yourselfers to share your home-built sketch easels, and you came through with some extraordinary innovations.I promised to pick my favorite entry, but I couldn’t narrow the field down to one, so I picked seven. Show More Summary

Painting the Outer Space Men

On Friday I visited toy inventor Mel Birnkrant and painted some of his "Outer Space Men" action figures in gouache. Gouache is an ideal medium for such a study because of its opacity and high tinting strength. You can also draw over the dry, matte surface with watercolor pencils or a white gel pen. Show More Summary

High School Students' "Magical Sketchbook" Drawings

By Dan, Millburn High School Kathleen Harte- Gilsenan, teacher at the Millburn High School in New Jersey says: "My students are following your blog this year and last week their weekly sketchbook assignment was inspired by the magical...Show More Summary

World Record Chalk Art Painting

Yesterday, a group of chalk artists completed a world record chalk painting of themselves being eaten by a giant shark coming up through the pavement. Unisaurrr says: "It is over 23,000 square feet, took 40 artists about a week to complete it. Show More Summary

Reflected light in shadow

This oil painting by Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942) shows the Water Gate at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893. Here is a good example of the color of shadows, something that cameras can't capture as well as the human eye. Show More Summary

Josep Tapiró Baró's Watercolor Portraits

Josep Tapiró Baró (1836 - 1913) was a Spanish painter known for his watercolor portraits of indigenous North-African people. (He is also known as José Tapiró Baró) His studies push the limits of closely observed portraits in watercolor. Show More Summary

Dinotopia Podcast, Episode 1

Every Tuesday for the next three months here on GurneyJourney I'll be sharing a new episode of an audio presentation of Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time. To listen, click the orange play button below, or follow the link to the SoundCloud file. Show More Summary

Rendering Big Hero 6

The new animated film Big Hero 6 uses a new rendering system developed at Disney Animation Studios that simulates the effect of light on surfaces with much more subtlety and nuance than in previous CGI animated films. The rendering system, called Hyperion, manages the huge computational volume required for ray tracing. Show More Summary

Art of the World at our Fingertips

Drinking in a Zorn in New York I recently ran across the following quote:"Modern means of communication and modern methods of reproduction have brought the ends of the earth together and placed the art of all times and countries at the disposal of every artist. Show More Summary

"How to Video Your Art" Part 1: Camera Guide

In the upcoming 100th issue of International Artist magazine, I've written the first of a series of articles about how to shoot your own art tutorial videos. In this blog post, I'd like to excerpt a bit from that article and supplement it with more information and links. Show More Summary

Book Review: The Urban Sketcher

Marc Taro Holmes has written and illustrated an instructional book called The Urban Sketcher: Techniques for Seeing and Drawing on Location.The book builds on Holmes' experience drawing and painting in ink and watercolor. His sketching...Show More Summary

Crowdsourced Curating

William Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) Bohémienne 1890, deaccessioned by the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts despite popular protests. Should art museums allow ordinary people — people like you and me — decide what goes up on their walls?According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, some museums have tried the idea. Show More Summary

Aug(de)mented Reality 2

Marty Cooper, who goes by the name "Hombre McSteez," animates in plein air, using felt-tipped markers, whiteout, transparency cels, and an iPhone. He calls the result "Aug(de)mented Reality." Here's the latest. Watch for the Adam Savage cameo.And here's the original video, which has racked up more than four million views.

A Portrait of Whistler

Portrait painters have often observed that the more faithful the likeness, the more the subject will hate it.Sir John Lavery, who knew James Abbott McNeill Whistler well said that Giovanni Boldini's portrait of him was a speaking likeness.But Whistler didn't think so. Show More Summary

Painting Big, Painting Small

On the internet, images have no scale; they only have resolution. But in public exhibitions, size matters. Artists who want their original paintings to stand out in a gallery or museum show know that you can grab a viewer's attention if you paint really big or really small. Show More Summary

Weaving warm and cool threads throughout the picture

Hans Heysen (1884-1968) was an Australian painter who was born in Germany. In his watercolors he achieved a luminous, colorful effect with a very simple warm-cool palette. In the painting "Midsummer Morning" 1908, his color range is restricted to blues and yellow/orange colors. Show More Summary

Dan Gurney Receives 2014 Edison-Ford Medal

My cousin Dan Gurney was recently honored with the 2014 Edison-Ford Medal for Innovation. NBC created this tribute film about his lifetime of achievement as a race car driver, engineer, builder, and team owner. (Link to video) In accepting the award, he said, “This is truly an amazing, humbling award. Show More Summary

Going Beyond the Facts

Blog reader Haden asks: "Everyone is familiar with the rule - the darkest light in the light has to be lighter than the lightest dark in the shadow. Keep the light and dark tonal ranges separate to show realistic form. But I've seenShow More Summary

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