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Life-Changing Advice from William F. Reese

William F. Reese The painter William F. Reese died in 2010, but I recently came across a video presentation he gave in 2009 that I want to share with you in a moment. It contains good advice for those of us who have unrealized ambitions.I never had the pleasure of meeting Reese, but he was a mentor of my mentor, Ann Templeton, who is also now gone. Show More Summary

Old-Time Plein Air Painting Adventures

Santa FeWorthington Whittredge8 1/8 x 23 1/8, oil on paper on canvasYale University Art Gallery Hudson River School painter Worthington Whittredge, probably most known for his woodland scenes and panoramas of the Catskills and Shawangunks back east, made several trips out west. Show More Summary

Plein Air Painting: Journey's End or Just Another Roadside Attraction?

References for a finished painting 12x9 oil field study, plus photographs Some of today's plein air painters have the idea that starting and then finishing a painting in the field is the only way to portray the truth of the landscape. Show More Summary

John Yau: "There is a lot of very good painting going on these days"

At  Hyperallergic Weekend, John Yau starts a post about a visit to Louise Belcourt's Williamsburg studio with a mini-rant about curators, galleries and museums: Despite the hue and cry about zombie formalism, there is a lot of very good painting going on these days. Show More Summary

RESIDENCY: Andrea Zittel's Wagon Station Encampment

Regular readers know that I'm a zealous supporter of DIY artist residencies, so I was pleased to see that Andrea Zittel's Wagon Station Encampment is featured on the Art21 website this week as part of their "Exclusive" web series. Zittel,...Show More Summary

Blizzard!

Last night when my flight to the Sundance Film Festival had been cancelled, I realized that the storm we're expecting in New York today is going to be a monster -- a storm-of-the-century sort of event. Unless the electricity goes out, expect a few posts in the next couple days while I'm sequestered in my little (but well heated) UWS apartment. Show More Summary

January 23: Andrew Ginzel's list of NYC shows and events

SOME but not all NYC SELECTED SHOWS TO SEE / January 23, 2015  / Listed south to north. Compiled by artist Andrew Ginzel for his students at the School of Visual Arts. Note: Images have been selected by Two Coats of Paint. [Image:  Installation View of "Terra Infirma," Linda Herritt (left) and Elana Herzog (right). Show More Summary

ON FILM: Art and Fraud

Guest contributor Jonathan Stevenson / Art forgery seems especially unsporting and misanthropic as non-violent crimes go, involving as it does the subversion of high culture. For one unknown artist to represent as his own a painting made by another artist would seem a less objectionable transgression than copying a master's work. Show More Summary

INSTALLATION: Elements @ Minus Space

Mid-size objects and paintings that "investigate primary forms and elementary materials" are having a meaningful conversation at Minus Space this month, and I strongly recommend stopping by and taking a look. A walk around the gallery...Show More Summary

Present, Past, and Future: Irving Petlin @ Kent Fine Art

Guest contributor Eileen Jeng / The exhibition "The Still Open Case of Irving Petlin: From the Years 1960 to 2012" at Kent Fine Art comprised a selection of the artist’s paintings and pastel drawings spanning over five decades. Post-World...Show More Summary

Composition: Plein Air Studies v. Studio Paintings

While reading American Paradise (see my previous blog post), I came across the above painting. I was immediately struck by the modernness of the composition. It's like a snapshot you might take on a woodland walk. What gives it this quality is the tight, intimate cropping of the scene and the informal, very naturalistic, arrangement of shapes. Show More Summary

Encounter: Jervis McEntee, Hudson River Schoool Painter

Jervis McEntee In the early mornings and before it gets light enough to work in the studio, I read. Right now, I'm reading an excellent book on the Hudson River School painters. American Paradise: The World of the Hudson River School is an exhibition catalog published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is available as a PDF download. Show More Summary

The Artist and the Honey Bee

Impressionist? Or maybe, contemporary realist? As a painter, what do you call yourself? Artists often worry about this. But does it matter? Consider the honey bee. They are one of over 20,000 different species of bees. Some, like the honey bee, build huge hives of wax combs, often in hollow trees. Show More Summary

Peacock, Complete

All done. I’ll set it aside to dry for a few days, then varnish. Deliver to my friend. It’s small – 5×7? – and I think it will do well framed. I’d be tempted to give it a velvet double mat and an ornate and dark bronze-colored frame. Or go the other way, a pencil […]

Peacock and Pinecones

Added some color to the peacock. After another layer, I’ll be able to suggest specifics of the tail and wing feathers. This is a return to the Elements series.  Water, Fire, and Air are complete. This is my version of Earth. I’m working from a photo I took in my front yard, shooting straight down […]

A Visit with Master Painter Albert Handell

"Breaking Water Along the Taos Ski Basin"12x24 oil by Albert Handell(one of the new paintings Albert shared with me) I recently had the opportunity to spend a few days in Santa Fe, New Mexico. As most people know, Santa Fe is an art Mecca. Show More Summary

Peacocks x 2

Working on a small white peacock painting. It started out as one thing and morphed, as these projects often do. I sanded the first version after the first layer of paint. The result is something I don’t want to alter, but not what I intended, so I am doing a second one. I’ve been building […]

Upcoming "Exploring Color" Studio-Only, Pastel-Only Workshop

Walk Through Fire6x9 pastel, plein airPainted with the Extreme Limited Pastel Palette I've been asked to teach a four-day, studio-only, pastel-only "Exploring Color" workshop. I think this is a great idea, because pastel painters tend to be limited by the "if I don't have the exact right color, I'm in trouble" way of thinking. Show More Summary

In retrospect: Sara Greenberger Rafferty @ Rachel Uffner

Guest contributor Eileen Jeng / Sara Greenberger Rafferty’s exhibition at Rachel Uffner Gallery explored the themes of performance, stand-up comedy, media culture, and gender identity that have preoccupied the artist for almost a decade. Show More Summary

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