Jim Gurney's 45-minute painting of a car dealership

A lot of people play with their cellphones or read while waiting for something. Jim Gurney, the creator of Dinotopia, paints small watercolors. (See my previous post about Jim's painting of a mud puddle.)

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I brought my car to the dealership for a service checkup. The service guy told me it would take about 45 minutes.

He pointed me to a waiting room, which had a coffee machine, some magazines, and a TV set. But I was tired of hearing about Romney and Obama. So I headed onto the sales floor. I found an empty chair next to the snack machine. I laid out my watercolor gear on a desk and got to work.

The hazy daylight streamed in through floor-to-ceiling windows. Clusters of red, white, and blue balloons hung from the ceiling. A sports car sat in the middle of the room, its silver paint mirroring bright highlights from the windows.

The sales people seemed transfixed by their computers. One guy played digital solitaire. They took no notice of me. When I was finished with the painting, I showed it to them. They took photos of it with their cellphones to put on their Facebook pages.

Jim Gurney's 45-minute painting of a car dealership

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    1. I can get you undercoat for that watercolor for $150. That’s normally $375. Heckuva a deal, really. I can probably get alloy wheels for it, too, but let’s start with the undercoat. Manager’s kind of a hardass, you know? And just between you and me–seriously–I get two trips “back to the office” per deal. So let’s make ’em count, know what I’m saying?

  1. In a way, I am sorta surprised that he didn’t get hit with some sort of copyright/IP suit. Maybe upper management (or their lawyers) haven’t seen it yet. Great picture, though.

      1.  While I get your meaning, it STILL wouldn’t surprise me to see a lawsuit based on IP. Things are just that nuts. See:  The Oatmeal :)

        1. Geez, now we’s got the Oatmeal-Carreon law: as a conversation grows, the probability of bringing the case up approaches 1.

  2. Awesome style, I’ve been gunning for this effect with water colour, it looks more effortless than it is.

    Dinotopia though?! Only ever saw the Sky series, but man was it bad.

      1. I haven’t seen them, will check them out!

        Have you seen the TV Show? The budget was FAR too low for what they were trying to achieve, which probably made it very difficult to enjoy.

      2. Gurney cites the Dino series often in his masterpiece “Color and Light.” It’s really an indispensable addition to any artist’s library – a steal on amazon as well!
        @beschizza:disqus  I’ve seen your skills with the tablet! Thought you might be interested in this particular gem. It helped me work out a lot of “lighting issues” that had troubled me for years.

  3. I would snatch up any ACE fantasy, sci-fi book with a Gurney cover back in the day. Fan for life.

  4. “The sales people seemed transfixed by their computers. One guy played digital solitaire. They took no notice of me. When I was finished with the painting, I showed it to them. They took photos of it with their cellphones to put on their Facebook pages. “

    Art and poetry. I gotta make this guy’s blog a regular visit!

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