Blog Profile / Gurney Journey


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Archived Since:August 9, 2009

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Conductor Paul Phillips

Yesterday we heard a performance by the Brown University Orchestra, led by Conductor and Music Director, Paul Phillips.I drew the overall silhouette with two brush pens, one filled with clear water and the other with black ink. While that was still wet, I used a black water-soluble colored pencil to define some of the smaller forms.

Wilhelm Kuhnert's African Wildlife

Wilhelm Kuhnert, Lions at Rest, courtesy Heritage Auctions One of the works in the upcoming May 2 Heritage Auction is this oil painting Ruhende Löwen (Lions at Rest), by Wilhelm Kuhnert (German, 1865-1926). Wilhelm Kuhnert Jungle Life, BBC Images Kuhnert was one of the pioneers of early 20th century wildlife art. Show More Summary

Dazzle Camouflage

Dazzle camouflage was a form of disruptive coloration painted on ships during World War I, using bold contrasting shapes that had no relation to the forms of the ship. The idea was not so much to make the ship disappear as it was confuse the observer about the vessel's shape, range, and heading. Show More Summary

Baby Foxes Nursing

(Link to YouTube video) A few days ago, I filmed this family of red foxes at the edge of the wild woods behind my house. The male fox greets the vixen as she nurses five new kits. The mother's lactation lasts for about six weeks. Wikipedia Red Fox

GJ Book Club: Chapter 4: "Line Drawing"

On the GJ Book Club, we're studying Chapter 4, "Line Drawing," of Harold Speed's 1917 classic The Practice and Science of Drawing. The following numbered paragraphs cite key points in italics, followed by a brief remark of my own. If you would like to respond to a specific point, please precede your comment by the corresponding number. Show More Summary

Imagining Dinosaurs with Feathers

This month, two Canadian paleontologists speculated about the origin of feathers in dinosaurs. Link'One thing you can do with really, really simple feathers... is you can use them as whiskers,' says Scott Persons, PhD candidate at University of Alberta, and Philip Currie, professor and Canada Research Chair in Dinosaur Paleobiology. Show More Summary

Erich Wolfsfeld (1884-1956)

In 2009, an 83-year-old widower went to clear out his attic and found a trove of paintings. His stepmother had died 20 years earlier, and he completely forgot that he had stored away more than 100 artworks by his stepfather, a German artist named Erich Wolfsfeld. Show More Summary

Dinotopia World Beneath, Episode 12

It's Tuesday, time for Episode 11 of the serialized audio dramatization of Dinotopia: The World Beneath. You can listen to the track by clicking on the play button below, or by following the direct link to SoundCloud. A scene of the pod village of Bonabba, where Will is learning more about piloting skybaxes. Show More Summary

Constable's Outdoor Painting Materials

Constable, Dedham Lock and Mill, 1811, courtesy VAM. John Constable (1776-1837) was one of the pioneers of plein-air oil painting in England. He became convinced around 1802 that he should paint in oil outdoors, believing that Claude Lorrain had done so, even though Claude actually used only water-based media or drawing tools in his outdoor work. Show More Summary

Animated Paper Burlesque Dancers

Legendary toy inventor Mel Birkrant has just posted the story of his years developing R-rated paper burlesque dancers for his company "Boutique Fantastique." ----- Mel Birnkrant's Boutique Fantastique

Circumzenithal Arc

A few days ago I photographed this circumzenithal arc in the sky above the Hudson Valley. These halo phenomena are sometimes called "smiles in the sky" or "upside down rainbows."Unlike a normal rainbow, which describes a circle centered around the antisolar point (directly opposite the sun), this light effect curves around the zenith. Show More Summary

Question: Drying Time in Oil Paint

Pedram F., an artist who works in Sweden, asks: "Heya James! Big fan and silent watcher of your posts and blog here! I'm going to break the silence tho' this time around because I have been watching your latest video on the Rise of Tyrannosaurus that I bought recently. Show More Summary

GJ Book Club: Chapter 3 "Vision"

On GJ Book Club, we're studying Harold Speed's 1917 classic The Practice and Science of Drawing. The following numbered paragraphs cite key points in italics, followed by a brief remark of my own. If you would like to respond to a specific point, please precede your comment by the corresponding number.1. Show More Summary

Preliminary Sketches for TYRANNOSAURS

First off: WOW! Thanks so much for your generous response to my new video "TYRANNOSAURS: Behind the Art," which documents the illustrations I just did for the May 2015 article in Scientific American Magazine. Here's the trailer on YouTube...Show More Summary

Tyrannosaurs: Behind the Art

(Link to video) For the last couple of months I've been working hard on a secret project that I can now tell you about. Yesterday Scientific American Magazine announced its May feature called "Rise of the Tyrannosaurs." The article was...Show More Summary

Dinotopia: World Beneath, Episode 11

It's Tuesday, time for Episode 11 of the serialized audio dramatization of Dinotopia: The World Beneath. You can listen to the track by clicking on the play button below, or by following the direct link to SoundCloud. The dino-strutters emerge in the Rainy Basin, which is inhabited by tyrannosaurs. Show More Summary

New Item

There's a new item in the barn—baby chicks in the incubator. They're posing for their first portrait. Well, actually they don't pose at all. They doze, eat, and poop on a five minute cycle. The sticker is from the grocery store. My other challenge is Handsome the uber-friendly cat. Show More Summary

Baroque Ensemble

Last night we heard a concert by the Bard College Baroque Ensemble in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Dr. Alexander Bonus directs the Bard Baroque Ensemble During the performance, I painted the director Alexander Bonus seated at the harpsichord. Show More Summary

Cult of Velázquez

A couple weeks ago, the Grand Palais in Paris opened one of the largest exhibitions of Diego Velázquez in recent years. The exhibition contains 119 works borrowed from public and private collections around the globe. Diego Velázquez,...Show More Summary

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