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Zion National Park 2017 Painting Retreat - Another Midterm Report

The Watchman 9x12 oil by Michael Chesley Johnson Two things you can't get from a photograph are depth and color. To get a real sense of the depth of the landscape, you need to be looking at it with two eyes. Stepping back and forth in...Show More Summary

Scooter LaForge and the sporadic, subconscious mind

Contributed by Grant Wahlquist / Scooter LaForge is a painter who lives and works in New York City. His current exhibition at Theodore:Art, “Everything is Going to be OK,” features sculptures, works on canvas, and garments incorporating painting. Show More Summary

Zion National Park 2017 Painting Retreat - First Midterm Report

Court of the Patriarchs The best thing about Zion National Park—and also its most challenging—is its bountiful offering of both beautiful vistas and more intimate scenes. Every turn in the road gives you endless possibilities. The question...Show More Summary

Rounding the corner: Joan Waltemath at Anita Rogers

Contributed by Sharon Butler / In “Fecund Algorithms,” a solo exhibition of new paintings and diminutive sewn-canvas works, Joan Waltemath diverts gently from the quiet perfection of her previous work to embrace small accidents and contingencies. Show More Summary

Zion National Park 2017 Painting Retreat - Day 0

Dawn in Zion Canyon - Angel's Landing Trina and I are now on our way back to Campobello Island, New Brunswick, for our summer season. But first, we have a few stops along the way. Right now, we are in Springdale, Utah, for a painting retreat.It's been three years since our last retreat in Springdale, the "gateway" to Zion National Park. Show More Summary

Poet Iris Cushing on “There Was,” Robin Hill’s solo at Lennon, Weinberg

Contributed by Iris Cushing / A “cairn” is a group of stones, arranged in some intentional configuration, to mark a place along a trail. To make a cairn is to leave a point of reference in the present for one’s future self to encounter; its message is simply that the builder of the cairn was, … read more... Show More Summary

On elephant dick: A conversation between Todd Bienvenu and Cynthia Daignault

On the occasion of “Water Sports,” Todd Bienvenu’s solo show on view at yours mine & ours through May 14, friend and fellow painter Cynthia Daignault talked to Bienvenu about learning to paint, art history, and the material reality of painting. Show More Summary

Quicktime: Fast, casual painting in Philadelphia

Contributed by Becky Huff Hunter / In his influential Art in America article “Provisional Painting” (2009), critic Raphael Rubinstein traced a history—from Joan Miró to Mary Heilmann—of “works that look casual, dashed-off, tentative,...Show More Summary

Invitation: “Sharon Butler: Good Morning Drawings” at SEASON in Seattle

Please join me on Thursday, April 20, at SEASON in Seattle for a solo exhibition of paintings based on the daily drawings I post on Instagram. While I’m out there, I’m looking forward to giving a presentation to the students at Cornish...Show More Summary

Two Coats of Paint artist-in-residence: Julie Wolfe

April 17th through 23rd, DC visual artist Julie Wolfe will be in residence at Two Coats of Paint. Forming an ongoing research-based practice, Wolfe’s conceptual work explores studies for possible futures, alternative and marginalized ways-of-knowing, salvage practices, and the relationship of human activity to Earth systems. Show More Summary

April Newsletter from Michael

Plein air painting season is here! If you are new to plein air paintingor just need a refresher, check out www.PleinAirEssentials.com. April 2017Sedona, ArizonaSpring has hit northern Arizona with a vengeance. Wildflowers on the hilltop...Show More Summary

CounterPointe: From white cube to black box

Contributed by Sharon Butler / CounterPointe, an inspired dance project organized by Jason Andrew and Julia Gleich of Norte Maar, unfurled last weekend at the Actors Fund Arts Center in downtown Brooklyn. In its fifth year, the project comprised a series of dances created collaboratively by female visual artists and choreographers. Show More Summary

Al Taylor, structurally unique

Contributed by Katie Fuller / The masterly early paintings of Al Taylor, currently exhibited at David Zwirner, were made from 1971 through 1980, before he began creating his famously sculptural forms. Most of the paintings are rather large and vertical, and adhere to the rule of thirds, though some are split starkly in half by … read more... "Al Taylor, structurally unique"

Goodbye to our Dearest Friend

Saba 2000-2017(Saba at Age 6) On Monday, on the first full moon of spring and the first day of Passover, we said goodbye to Saba. She'd been part of our family for nearly seventeen years. Since we have no children, you can imagine what she means to us. Show More Summary

Dynamic Duo Plein Air Painting Workshop - Update

This past week, I taught a six-day workshop jointly with another artist. Together, we led ten students through the pitfalls and pleasures of plein air painting. When we first started batting around the idea, I wondered how well "tag team teaching" would work. Show More Summary

Lunchtime dystopia: CON-Figuration at Postmasters

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Not far from the courthouse, wandering jurors like myself might happen upon Postmasters Gallery on Franklin Street during the mandated 1-2 pm lunchbreak. Currently on view is a densely hung exhibition of...Show More Summary

Rainy day in New York

When I got to the studio this dreary grey morning, my coat and tote bags were sopping wet. Looking up from the building’s entrance on Washington Street, I saw that the Manhattan Bridge was barely visible in the fog, and the street was, for once, absent of wedding photographers, brides, grooms, and selfie-stick wielding tourists. … read more... "Rainy day in New York"

Painting at L'Auberge de Sedona this Saturday

The poster says it all. --- Michael Chesley Johnson, AIS PSA MPAC PSNM www.MichaelChesleyJohnson.com

Ideas and Influences: Brece Honeycutt

Artist and citizen naturalist Brece Honeycutt lives in Massachusetts, on a colonial farmhouse in the foothills of the Berkshire mountains. Fascinated with the history of her home and the surrounding land, she reads handwritten antique...Show More Summary

Images: Jered Sprecher’s first museum exhibition

Jered Sprecher‘s first museum exhibition, “Outside In” at the Knoxville Museum of Art, features an unusual installation strategy that evokes intimate domestic spaces and enables viewers to experience his recent work in two ways: as both a partitioned environment and as individual objects. Show More Summary

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