James Gurney paints a mud puddle


One of many reasons I admire artist James Gurney so much: he finds beauty in almost everything.

Yesterday I took my car to the shop because it needed an inspection. The rain was pouring down. There wasn't much space in the waiting room. So I sat under the awning out back between an old rusty engine and a forklift.

While I waited, I sketched the mud puddle beside me. The rain streamed off the corrugated roof  and splashed the water, making big bubbles. The puddle was a sea of overlapping ripples.

James Gurney gets his car inspected


    1. At first I couldn’t think of any possible reason to block one of the most fantastic art blogs on the internet, but then I realized he frequently posts the paintings of John William Waterhouse, who often features nekkid boobies, the horrible evil pervert.

  1. he finds beauty in almost everything

    That’s the best way to live, and definitely a plus for an artist of any kind.  I’d love it if this was on my tomb stone some day.

    1. Can you give us some examples of stuff that doesn’t make the cut?  Maybe a few of those should be listed on the tombstone, as well, just so that people are clear.

      1. You mean like this…

        Here Lies Nosehat
        He Found Beauty In Almost Everything*

        *except country music, motivational office posters, …

        I like the way you think!

  2. I would pay money for a print of that… had I any money to spare for it :(  Watching puddles in the rain was always a favorite pastime in my youth, and I wish I could do it more often now that I’m all “grown up”.

  3. My dad spent a fair amount of time appreciating the patterns of melting butter in a skillet. Find beauty where you find it.

  4. I love the Artist James Gurney, and have had a signed print of his in my Art collection for years….. “The Dinosaur Parade” hangs in a prominant spot in my house……….

  5. “he finds beauty in almost everything”

    Now that’s something worth doing.

    I love watching water move, too.  Doesn’t matter where or how.

    1. I heard about some trolls that were released into the wild somewhere on the west coast a few years ago. They made it like a quarter-mile away before being eaten by a Great White Moderator.

      More on-topic:
      That painting is lovely. It has a kind of zen to it, if that isn’t too pretentious a way to say it.

      1. Drawing and painting can be zen-like activities. The observational techniques are really effective exercises in mindfulness. Sometimes that can be conveyed in the image.

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