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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Painting on Location - Three awesome days at The Gardens with James Gurney!

(sketched during J. Gurney's CB-presentation on September 14th by R. Raak)

Last week's Cafe Botanique with James Gurney reached a record attendance of almost 180 people. The talk was a very well received educational recap of Color and Light, the important tools for a realistic painter. 
During the two following days students learned about painting on location with limited palette using gouache and/or casein. To see more pictures from the workshop with James Gurney by clicking here.

View of the water garden by Meredith Feniak

Friday, September 9, 2016

James Gurney in Cafe Botanique!

Wednesday, September 14, 6:30-8 p.m.
Mitchell Hall 
Color and Light in the Landscape
James Gurney

The subject of color often seems like an abstract science, but it really comes to life when it is related to light and atmosphere, the central tools of any realist painter. I’ll cover most of the standard geography of color: hue, value, and chroma; as well as limited palettes, warm and cool color, with many new insights about visual perception from the modern science of neurobiology.  I’ll share clear examples of familiar problems faced by every outdoor painter, including  reflections, rainbows, clouds, dappled light, sunbeams, and subsurface scattering.


James Gurney is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Dinotopia book series. He designed the World of Dinosaurs stamps for the U.S. Postal Service and has worked on over a dozen assignments for National Geographic magazine, painting reconstructions of Moche, Kushite, and Etruscan civilizations. He has won the Hugo, Chesley, Spectrum, and World Fantasy Awards. Solo exhibitions of his artwork have been presented at the Smithsonian Institution, the Norman Rockwell Museum, and the Norton Museum of Art. He has recently been named a “Grand Master” by Spectrum Fantastic Arts and a "Living Master” by the Art Renewal Center. His book, Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painte was Amazon’s #1 bestselling book on painting for over 150 weeks and is based on his daily blog.

Space is limited, reserve your seat!