Tuesday, December 27, 2016

4000 Posts—Highlights of My First 10 Years Blogging

This is the 4000th post on this blog. What started as a simple journal of a book tour in 2007 has grown into a daily habit of learning that I enjoy sharing with all of you. For those of you who are relatively new to the blog, or who want to go back to visit some highlights, here are some of the most popular posts and series.

Lively discussions about the life of the artist  
Thoughts on Doing Live Demos (21 comments)
Pet Peeves about Art Videos (81 comments)
Using Photo Reference (33 comments)
Fine Art and Illustration (17 comments)
The Muse and The Marriage (31 comments)
Your experiences with curious spectators (110 stories)
Top ten ways to deal with curious spectators (24 comments)
Gorilla Portraits (46 comments and #1 on Reddit)
Unexpected Visitors (The day I sketched Jehovah's Witnesses—44 comments)

Mythbusting the Golden Mean
Part 2: The golden mean and Leonardo
Part 3: How the golden mean caught on with artists
Part 4: The golden mean and the human body
Part 5: Last question about the golden rectangle

Media and Materials
Watercolor Materials
Gouache Materials List
Your Casein Questions

Painting in Wyoming with separate camera tripod
How to Video Your Art
Part 1: Camera Guide
Part 2: Microphones and Recorders

Water Reflections Series
Water Reflections, Part 3

Color and Light
Part 1: Wrapping the Spectrum
Part 2: Primaries and Secondaries
Part 3: Complements, Afterimages, and Chroma
Part 4: Problems with the Traditional Wheel
Part 5: The Munsell System
Part 6: Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow
"Origins of Dinotopia" Series 
Part 1: Childhood Dreams
Part 2: College Obsessions 
Part 3: Lost Empires
Part 4:  Dinosaurs
Part 5: Treetown
Part 6: The Illustrated Book
Part 7: Utopias 
Part 8: Building a World 
Part 9: Words and Pictures 
Part 10: Canyon Worlds 
Part 11: Putting it Together
Part 12: Book Launch
Note to new readers:

GurneyJourney is a daily blog that covers a variety of art-related topics: color, light, sketching, visual perception, portrait painting—and the making of my fantasy book series Dinotopia. There are also over 300 posts on Academic painting in the 19th century and more than 200 posts about the Golden Age of illustration.

The art instruction books grew directly from the blog posts, and from the comments that follow after them. To learn about a specific topic or artist, try the search box in the upper left.

If you have a specific question or something you'd like to add to the discussion, the best place to do that is in a comment string after a related post. I do read comments on older posts, and if I don't get around to answering your question, most likely one of other blog followers will.
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jeff jordan said...

CONGRATS, JIM. I've been around for most of that. Keep em coming, it's been great! Happy New Year to you and yours!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Mr. Gurney. I don't comment that often, but I do read your blog every day and have for... I guess almost a decade now. Wow. I have learned more reading your blog and your books than I did in years of art school when it comes to painting.

Here's to another decade of reading your blog :)

Warren JB said...

Wow. Congratulations, James! I haven't been around for as much of it, but I have been back through all of it, and the lists you post here show why - it's an incredible resource and insight. Not to mention the various books and videos, too. Thank you for all of it.

Unknown said...

Remarkable. Thank you for spreading the light in your heart to the world.

JASON HOWE said...

That's awesome! Congratulations James a true inspiration and I'll be here for the next 4000!

Jared Cullum said...

Huge congrats. Thank you. The work is very much appreciated.

Tom Hart said...

Yes! Thanks for all you do...daily! Gurney Journey is the highlight of my day, every day. I continue to marvel at your talent, your knowledge and your incredible generosity.

Fa' said...

Congratulations Mr. Gurney!

KM Ryan said...

Thank you for all of the information you share. Writing a daily blog is no easy feat, and writing an interesting and informative one is a true accomplishment! Congratulations!

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Congratulations on your 4000th post and 10 years! Best wishes for many more blog posts! Thanks for sharing your insights and work.

Steve said...

Still the best stop on the web. Knowledge, heart, creativity, information, cordial civility among commentators, and the occasional unicycle clip. Nothing better. You've enriched many lives in many ways. Thank you.

Christian Schlierkamp said...

Congratulations Jim and Jeanette!! To the next 4000 posts!
Thank you for all the work and love that you put into the Gurney-Journey!!
All the best!


Karen Eade said...

What an incredible achievement of perseverance, stamina, commitment and sheer doggedness and that is just the "daily" aspect. Many congratulations and thank you so much for all you have taught me. You are an education as well as an inspiration and I do so appreciate it.

Daulat Neupane said...

The first blog I check everyday is Gurney Journey, and no wonder why. Thanks for making all of us a part of your epic journey James, it has been a sheer pleasure. Congratulations on this epic milestone, to you and your family. It's hard to put into words the value of this blog in my life. Thank you.

jimserrettstudio said...

Congratulations Mr. Gurney!
You will never know how much you are appreciated and the positive influence you have had on me and other artist.
Thank you for your generosity.

Gavin said...

Just another person sending on their congratulations. Thank you for your time and effort in demonstrating your work and sharing your techniques.

john pototschnik said...

James, I certainly continue to appreciate all the time and effort you have put into your weekly blog. You are one amazing ever curious guy that is a great blessing to the art community. Thank You.

doug goodale said...

Congratulations James on another milestone. I joined your following about two years ago and look forward to your daily posts. I built a portable easel for my tripod by following your blog instructions and have used it en plein aire. Thanks for the inspiration and for your time and effort in continuing the blog.

David Apatoff said...

What an astonishing record of unrelenting, constructive, positive insights! Looking over your shoulder, James, you have a lot to be proud of. Congratulations on this milestone and thanks for all you do.

Looking forward to the next 4,000.

Unknown said...

Thank you James for all things you do every day. It's been an inspiration since many years ago when one day my mother buyed me the first dinotopia book. Your dinosaurs are part of my infancy and now art is part of my adulthood.