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Doug Dawson Advanced Workshop – Final Report

That's my painting, "Twin Spruces," on the left and in-process I first came across Master Pastellist Doug Dawson 15 years ago, when I began painting in pastel. His book, Capturing Light and Color in Pastel, was the perfect resource for me at the time. Show More Summary

Studio visit: Sue McNally

Sue McNally is working on “This Land is My Land,” a series of large-scale landscape paintings, one for each of the fifty United States. During the summer months, she takes road trips to states she hasn’t visited, camping along the way, sleeping under the stars, and gathering material. Show More Summary

Doug Dawson Paint-Along Workshop – Interim Report

If you've been following my blog, you'll know that this is Doug Dawson week. Doug and Sue have come all the way from Denver to lead a "paint-along" workshop in Downeast Maine. I believe this is his fifth time in the area teaching. It's always a pleasure to have this master painter here, as he is such a giving teacher. Show More Summary

Another Plein Air Workshop Week Done - Not Many Left for the Summer!

Find the Painter! The summer is flying by, and yet another plein air workshop has just finished up. This week, I had students from New York, Wisconsin and Maryland. They were all cheerful spirits, and the unusual fog we've had every morning for well over a week now didn't bother them. Show More Summary

Quick study: Art in a bus, artists-as-parents, sexism, Two Coats Residency, Stanley Whitney, Stella retrospective

Art in a bus: According to The Art Newspaper: "Works by Scottish Turner prizewinners and nominees will be seen across Scotland in a traveling show due to crisscross the country in a specially adapted bus (image above). Artists featured...Show More Summary

Stern verve: Joseph Zito at Lennon Weinberg

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / The artist’s weight in ominous lead slabs, a combat helmet spilling with rose petals – in another artist’s hands these conceptual pieces would probably seem trite or overbearing. But Joseph Zito’sShow More Summary

Facebook IRL

Since they started using social media in 2009, painters have been able to connect directly with one another over vast geographic regions outside the gallery system and mainstream media. Facebook has been a particularly enriching community...Show More Summary

How Long HaveYou Been Painting En Plein Air?

Spruce 6x8 oil by Michael Chesley Johnson Available - $100 unframed "How long have you been painting en plein air?" is a question students sometimes ask me at workshops. Short answer: The summer of 1999. I took a one-day pastel workshop, which entailed a session of painting from life outdoors. Show More Summary

Connecticut news

Thank YOU, Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery. Two of my paintings (pictured at top) are included in "Thank You, Connecticut," an annual group show that was curated this year by gallery artists Rex Prescott Walden, Shelby Head, Nathan Lewis, Joe Boginski, and James Gortner. Show More Summary

Your August Horoscope! by Crystal “Kitty” Shimski

Transcribed by guest contributor Jennifer Coates / Kitty divides her time between New York City and Montauk. She is a freelance Intuitive Technique Specialist and part-time Trance Inducer. She was recently certified in Trauma Re-alignment...Show More Summary

Invitation in Seattle: Slow Enhancers

Rober Yoder, artist and director of SEASON, a gallery he runs out of a beautiful mid-century modern house in Seattle, has taken over Platform Gallery this month to present a summer group show called "Slow Enhancers." The exhibition includes...Show More Summary

Arturo Herrera: Reading abstraction

Few contemporary artists have a stronger urge to explore process and materiality than Arturo Herrera, who is best known for his collages and large-scale drooping-felt abstractions. In "Opener 29: Arturo Herrera — Day Before," a delightful...Show More Summary

Art and Film: Jem Cohen’s faith in art

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / New York independent filmmaker Jem Cohen’s laconically moving Counting is quintessentially an artist’s movie. It is divided into fifteen segments, and owing to the absence of a script, their logic is obscure. Show More Summary

Last Week's Plein Air Painting Workshop: Oil & Pastel

Painting at Liberty Point I am blessed this summer with full workshops, eager students, and good weather. This past week was no exception. Although we had a bit of fog early on, it too is beautiful to paint, and my students, both oil...Show More Summary

Book Excerpt and Demonstration in PleinAir Magazine

I'm proud to announce that PleinAir Magazine has published an excerpt from my new book in the August-September 2015 digital edition. "Eight Reasons to Base Studio Paintings on Plein Air Sketches" is a modified chapter from Outdoor Study...Show More Summary

Barbara Campbell Thomas: Ten Images (or An Abstract Painter’s Pilgrimage to Italy)

Guest Contributor Barbara Campbell Thomas / Journeying to Italy in order to bask in the perfectly toned muscular glow of High Renaissance art is a well-worn artist narrative. But while visiting Italy this past June, I bypassed the usual...Show More Summary

Pop abstraction: Nicholas Krushenick at the Tang

Last week at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, I got a chance to catch the Nicholas Krushenick retrospective, which is up through the end of August. Krushenick, who died in 1999, is best known for fusing popular culture with non-objective abstraction. Show More Summary

Underpainting with Transparent Earth Red

Skyward 12x9 oilby Michael Chesley Johnson - Available unframed, $300 incl. shippingWill ship when dry Lately, I've fallen in love with a new oil color and, for me, a new approach. My new color is Gamblin's Transparent Earth Red. This...Show More Summary

Revitalization by contamination: OBJECT'hood at Lesley Heller

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / The premise of “OBJECT’hood,” a group exhibition at Lesley Heller Workspace curated by Inna Babaeva and Gelah Penn, is that sculpture, though less celebrated than painting, is enjoying a stealthy resurgence. Show More Summary

Paint Some of the Southwest's Most Dramatic Scenery

Fall in Sedona Plein Air Painting along Oak Creek Near Sedona Quick Link to this Exciting Program! Every year about this time, people start asking about – and signing up for – my Paint Sedona plein air painting workshops. Show More Summary

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