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Painting a Palomino

Palomino, casein, 5 x 8 inches I'm painting a palomino at a ranch near Dubois, Wyoming. I've got my easel at a standing height outside the corral. The horses are sedated, because before we get there, they have had their teeth floated and they get freeze branded. Show More Summary

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

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

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

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

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

Chicken Sketches

After sketching some chickens, I let my mind wander.

Revolutions and Revivals

Tomorrow the Victoria and Albert Museum will open a new exhibition called "You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels."The show will feature album covers, pop art, poster designs, photography, fashion, and film from the watershed period of 1966-1970. Show More Summary

Deep Dreaming Through Neural Networks

A trip to the grocery store turns trippy as everything morphs into a dog. (Link to YouTube). Such hallucinogenic images are created using artificial neural networks, computers which are set up to resemble the complex web of nerve cells in the brain. Show More Summary

Casein Six Pack

Here are a few casein paintings created with a super-limited palette of just six colors.I call this set my "Six Pack": Titanium white, ivory black, Venetian red, yellow ochre, cobalt blue, and raw umber. The emphasis in this painting is on the warm sky and the cool shadows on the near side. Show More Summary

Sargent and Caricature

When John Singer Sargent painted a portrait, he exaggerated the proportions and features to make his subject look more elegant and distinctive.At left is a detail of Sargent's 1902 portrait of Lord Ribblesdale (Thomas Lister, 4th Baron Ribblesdale) alongside some photos of the subject in similar poses. Show More Summary

Origins of Bugs Bunny

This video takes examines Bugs Bunny—his origins and what makes him so enduring. (Link to YouTube). Thanks, Mel.

Revisiting the Cartoon Guy

Remember the Cartoon Guy? His name is Mark Mains, and he was one of the caricaturists at the county fair. I stopped in again to see him again and sketch his portrait. -----Previous posts:Cartoon Guy (2008)Sketching the Cartoon Guy (2011)

At the Blue Benn Diner

Here's a patron at the Blue Benn Diner in Bennington, Vermont, watercolor over pencil, 4 x 4 inches.

Online Collection of Antique Children's Books

University of Florida has placed its extensive collection of antique children's books online. It's a good source for old fashioned styles of lettering, illustration, and design.Baldwin Library of Historic Children's Literature(Thanks, Janet)

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