Monday, September 21, 2009

My Famous Brother

My brother, Jim, is famous worldwide for his work as an artist. He wrote and illustrated the Dinotopia series and is famous not only as a fine artist, but also as an illustrator for National Geographic and of science fiction book covers.

Until today, he's kept it secret that he is the undisputed WORLD CHAMPION Unicycle Painter.

If you have just a minute, take a look:



That's my brother!

12 comments:

steven said...

hey dan - wickedgood post!!! anyone who'll stick their butt on a saddle and do anything on it's alright by me. anyone who'll stick their butt on a saddle that is joined to one wheel - well they're beyond alright!!! attaboy jim!!!! steven

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Dan: You expressed the fear once, that I was pulling your leg . . . well . . . ditto . . .
?????
You and your brother are pulling off a great hoax here, right?

Ribbon said...

G'day I've just arrived here and I'm glad that I did.
Brilliant video and I did not know of your brother before today, but yes I did know of the wonderful Dinotopia.
Impressive!

best wishes
Ribbon :)

Delwyn said...

Hi Dan

my computer loaded this little video in increments stopping and starting which made it all the more silly because when James fell he was suspended in the water for a few moments...legs in the air like a fly on its back...

what some people do for fun...

Happy days

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Steven—

I'm glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. I ride a fixed gear bike, too, but mine has 2 wheels. I've been known to take photographs from the saddle, but painting, no.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Bonnie--

Well, Jim IS my little brother. We shared a bedroom as we grew up. He even went to Cal Berkeley and lived in the same apartment I used 7 years earlier than he (I supplied the landlord's name and a recommendation). Is Jim the best unicycling painter in the world? Yes, too.

I think he put this humorous spoof of ESPN video together to draw some attention to his most recent book, Imaginative Realism, whose cover appears at the end of the clip.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Ribbon—

Welcome to Mindful Heart! And thank you for leaving a comment. Frequent commenters get added to my short list of blogs. I'm busy teaching right now, so my posts per week will decrease, but when I'm moved to post, you bet I will.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Delwyn—

I'm glad to know you enjoyed it. Actually your computer may have been working normally. In his video he used a slow-motion effect on that fall into the mud puddle before fading into a monochromatic image at the end. Jim's been experimenting with video creation in the past few months, and, I know Jim well enough to know that when he turns his mind to something pretty soon he's outdoing ordinary people like yours truly.

I love my brother very deeply and I have since he was born. I'm his original fan and admirer. Many have joined me.

Jim's creative, interesting, and fun beyond ordinary imagining. This video is a peek into his mind. (By the way, the interviewer and cameraperson is his wife, Jeanette.)

jinksy said...

As I've heard many say, we choose our friends, but with relatives, we have no choice! :)

Bagman and Butler said...

Without a doubt, a character of substance, talent, and sense of humor. I loved it! My grandfather was an artist and around his birthday in December I'm planning on a three part series...each part written by one of us -- me, Bagman, and Butler. I wonder if I could learn to ride a unicycle by then and write it on my laptop while riding...not sure the laptop would survive ponds as well though.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Jinksy—

Well, yes. But maybe we DO choose our relatives.... that's a Hindu view.

Dan Gurney said...

Mark and Butler and Bagman, my brother has as many dimensions as you! He's all that.