Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Stockbridge Stomp

When the Norman Rockwell Museum in Massachusetts hosted a Dinotopia exhibition in 2006, a small group of Dinotopia fans from all over the world assembled at a mini-convention called “The Stockbridge Stomp.”

I joined them for the festivities and then invited them to my studio a short drive away, so that they could pose for a painting I was working on.

We had a big bowl of homemade soup together, and then they put on costumes, some of which they brought with them. They posed in small groups, imagining themselves standing beside a Styracosaurus and a Chasmosaurus. Many of the figures in the painting were based on that impromptu gathering.

The painting appeared on the title page of Dinotopia Journey to Chandara. The painting also appears in Color and Light, page 116.  

This painting will be one of about 40 paintings from Dinotopia Journey to Chandara, opening today at the The Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art in, Midland, Michigan.
The Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art/ Midland Center for the Arts
Web article about the exhibit, which includes “Bigger than T. Rex: Giant Killer Dinosaurs of Argentina.”
Exhibit review on
Journey to Chandara at the Dinotopia Store.
Journey to Chandara on Amazon.
Thanks to all the Stompers!


David Glenn said...

I think it would be cool to pose for a Dinotopia painting.

Unknown said...

Cool! You organize a little Dinotopia-convention and before you know, you end up in the Gurney atelier, posing for a painting...

I can imagine these fans had the day of their life...


Harika Mr Journey...

Tasli Shaw said...

Wowee! What a treat for these fans. And how wonderful of you to give them the opportunity and share in a lovely day of art and hot soup.

This is a warm and fuzzy kinda' story. Thanks for sharing!