Monday, September 21, 2009

Unicycle Painter


Plein-air painting meets extreme sports.

Read more about unicycle painting, link.

46 comments:

dragonladych said...

Ha, ha, ha! Going for the Guinness Record?

Well sometimes is does seem like a tough ride, but the actual "arty" part isn't. It's what comes next that can be a bit bumpy :D

Samizdat said...

That is...fantastic

You genius, Gurney.

Azonthus said...

HAHA! I LOVE that video, Jim=) You did a great parody of the way athletes like to be all out of breath in interviews and talking about their plans but never saying what their plans are.

The big questions is... Were you actually painting, or just pretending? Because if you were, that is total awesomeness.

Steve said...

Ah Jim, what next? Amazing. If only Mr. Kooks had been on your shoulder. It's a good thing you've mastered the art of falling in slow motion. Doing it in real time can be painful.

One of my former students, Meg Sinclair, is a dedicated unicyclist and her whole family goes to unicycle gatherings. Games such as playing a version of hockey with a flaming tennis ball are standard. I'll make sure Meg sees this video. When do we see the finished painting?

My word verification for this post was uninw!

eric said...

oh my lord! this is fantastic, did you edit this too, ah, your jedi video skills are complete.

i agree with steve if you would have had mr kooks on your shoulder it would have been perfect, you could have had the real one during the talking parts, and then when you were riding you could have had a fake one, it would have been hilarious, but this is great too!

five stars for the puddle crash!!! hilarious!

and now since you shared your hilarious video i would like to share what i beleive to be the funnist video on the internet..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW6ffXYI-_k&feature=channel_page

Kactiguy said...

Oh man, that is funny. It makes me want to bust out my unicycle and give it a try.

Redbeard of the Shire said...

That truly is the only thing I can aspire too... Unicycle painter... I can think of no greater honor.

Erik Bongers said...
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Erik Bongers said...

Now, I'm from Europe and the reason this sport has not entered our side of the ocean is well...I'm gonna say it as it is but the Unicycle painting sport has been plagued by way to many doping scandals.

But allegations that J. Gurney uses substances to make his paint dry faster are false! These substances are detectable and he has never been caught! So don't you dare accusing him of something he didn't do!!

In fact it's far worse. He uses a mahlstick during a plain air competition and throws it in the woods right before doping control.
Untraceable! I mean, how low can you go !?

In contrast, we Europeans never use doping.

Michael Chesley Johnson said...

ROFLMAO!

Erik Bongers said...

But I love the Strong Arm imitation. I think you're even doing his accent, right?

Well, for all Strong Arm fans out there, here's a treat from our Flemish Sports Channel Sporza
The second clip on the left, titled "Lance Armstrong heeft geen tijd..." ("Lance has no time...") is a juicily embarrassing moment. Watch the poor interviewer's face as he hears that Lance has no time for a promised(!) interview. Luckily Lance does sign the table that will be sold for a charity purpose.

(Obliged to say that on the other hand, the other clips show Lance making multiple efforts to solve a conflict between Sporza and his Astana team)

Susan Adsett said...

brilliant! let's make this an olympic sport!

jeff jordan said...

So Jim, what are the judging criteria like in this sport?

lyon said...

That is hilarious. Thanks for sharing that, what a great way to start the day! :) Great sense of humor. Can't wait for more!

Johan Derycke said...

LOL

Victor said...

I think Lance Armstrong just found his newest obsession...

gallymathias said...

I love it!! ;D

James Gurney said...

Azonthus: Pretending, but I had real paint on the palette, and I got both the paint and the mud all over my son's shirt. Sorry, Frank!

Eric: Yes, edits and music in iMovie, which rocks for a newby vidhacker like me.

Jeff: MPHA (miles per hour average) x PPH (painting per hour) x CRAP (cumulatively realized auction price) divided by FP (finish position).

Erik x Eric: thanks for those unforgettable video links. Here's another, if you like extreme unicycling: Kris Holm.If that guy learns to paint, I'm really in trouble.

clean3d said...

Aw, I thought it might have been real. Guess you got me. I was even wondering how I might attach a drawing board to my unicycle...

Speaking of which, what exactly is that?

Dakota said...

LOVE IT! haha, I would have said I was actually painting... ;) I can't wait for the new book.

Oscar Baechler said...

LOL. I think you did that in-depth psycho-scientific amazing post about eye tracking software just to butter us up for this absurdity.

SoarsLikeAnEagle said...

Kudos,
Loved the video. Hilarious... however the important part is that it looked like you had a lot of fun doing it. ... and nice plug for the book. cheers.

Gregory Becker said...

You are a madman. Absolutely hysterical.

Jeanie W said...

I've always struggled with how to fit time for exercise into a tight painting schedule, and here you've solved the problem. Do both at once! Perfect!

Eric Braddock said...

Wow..... I am speechless. Haha! Amazing, James. Absolutely amazing. Thanks for that!

Christopher Manzanares said...

This was great! I'm no unicycler, but perhaps I can convince some friends to have a tricycle painting race. Thanks again for spending time with us at RMCAD.

twilightcat said...

ROFL :D

tlc illustration said...

Have I mentioned recently that you continue to totally be my hero?

Scott Daly said...

Also speechless... This made my night.

stephen erik schirle said...

wow, this is great hahaha

robyn hyzy said...

This is a fantastic post!! Now I have no excuse for not exercising.

Thanks for sharing. It made my day

Roberto said...

First that double-handed-up-side-down-portrait-thing and now this! Have you no shame man! To just flaunt your prowess like this, and in public yet! Next thing you know you'll be drawing fly's with your feet! By the way , Jim ...Have I mentioned recently that you continue to totally be my hero? No, Realy!! -RQ

Peter Underhill said...

I have a rusting unicycle in the shed at the bottom of my garden. Maybe I should dust it off, get some air in the tire and get practising. I think maybe I should begin gently, say a treadmill at the gym.
Also, when I asked my local art store about the unicycle easel, they threw things at me and called the police.

Great post. Was that a little William Orbit at the end?

Les said...

James, you are a nut! And a pretty savvy one at that. Well done.

Elizabeth O. Dulemba said...

OMG!!!! Thanks for the laugh this morning!!! You'ze a crazy man! :) e

SVSART said...

I am at a loss for words to describe how funny that was!

Kendra Melton said...

So fun! Thanks for sharing! :]

Rob Hummer said...

This...defines...AWESOME!!!

Kate @ penguin art . com said...

Laughing. Out. Loud. This is even funnier than your description of it. How did you keep a straight face?

It was great meeting you at the SCBWI conference in Denver. I have some contact info for you if you're interested in doing a demo/lecture at the University of the Arts. Sent you an email.

All the best,
Kate Garchinsky

Cristy said...

I'm a little behind, and scrolling down from the ball clip....I was thinking about buying the book, but now! NOW! After these mind blowingly convincing video clips how could I NOT? How could I even consider not buying the book? What was I thinking???? I'll take six or eight, please!

But I just have to check - is that an OpenBoxM? I considered sending Coletta a link to the unicycle clip, but I was worried it might upset her....she loves her pochades, and might not understand.

James Gurney said...

Cristy, I already told the good folks at Open Box M pochade easels about the video, and they loved it. Doug said "I've seen some modifications made to our gear over the years - but this one takes the cake, for sure!"

I can attest that I treasure my OpenBox M and was very careful it wasn't hurt in the stunt work. The mud washed off completely and I've used it a couple times since then.

Cristy said...

Oh good! I'll look forward to seeing a link to your clip on the Maier's website! *grin*
I get mud on mine too.... but never quite like that!
Love your work -

ashton said...

things james gurney can do:

paint
teach
ride a unicycle

and that is why he's my hero

K. W. Broad said...

That was absolutely amazing! This is definitely a sport I could get into! Brilliant, sir. Simply brilliant.

Also thanks for the Kris Holm video. I've done Slopestyle, but not like that! Always good to have a higher goal to reach for :D

Frank P. Ordaz said...

Jim,

you never cease to amaze me... will we see the painting

Daniel Silberberg said...

That looks almost as difficult as needlepoint juggling.