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Grand Canyon Celebration of Art - Day 7

Our last day of free painting arrived with plenty of clouds. For this day, we were asked to paint on the rim between Mather Point and Trailview Overlook from dawn until 10 a.m; I chose Yavapai Point, near the Geology Museum. As I packed...Show More Summary

Grand Canyon Celebration of Art - Day 6

Rim Tree Near Pima Point 9x12 oil Below the Tower of Seti 16x12 oil Most people, when they come to Grand Canyon, don't do much more than peer over the rim, take a few photos and leave. For them, it is purely a visual experience. I, too, enjoy the Canyon with my eyes. Show More Summary

Grand Canyon Celebration of Art - Day 5

Retreating Storm (Yaki Point) 16x12, oil Wednesday dawned with a good bit of cloud cover, and as I drove out to Yaki Point to meet some of the other painters, I wondered how the light would be. But during monsoon season, as it is called, any morning clouds typically dissipate quickly. Show More Summary

September 16: Andrew Ginzel's list of NYC shows and events

SOME but not all NYC SELECTED SHOWS TO SEE / September 16, 2014  / 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.  LOWER EAST...Show More Summary

Grand Canyon Celebration of Art - Day 4

Another early morning arrived, this time with the coyotes in the brass section outdoing the elk over in the woodwinds. After a quick breakfast at Maswik Lodge, I drove west to hook up with ML Coleman just past Hopi Point. This was a great spot, and I managed to paint two 9x12s without changing locations. Show More Summary

Grand Canyon Celebration of Art - Day 3

Storm Over the North Rim It was another early dawn with the elk calling somewhere in the Park. This morning, I headed over to Mohave Point. Amery Bohling and I had talked about how it might look in the morning. It's always been a great...Show More Summary

Grand Canyon Celebration of Art - Day 2

Another Postcard Sunrise Morning came early with the bugling of elk. This is the start of their mating season, and at 4 a.m., it was an eerie sound to have with my morning coffee. Speaking of coffee, my hosts use an espresso machine for theirs, and I treat myself to a double while waking up. Show More Summary

Grand Canyon Celebration of Art - Day 1

A Beautiful Sunrise for Saturday Friday evening was Orientation Night and Canvas Stamping for the 25 invited artists. After getting our panels stamped with the official stamp, hobnobbing with other artists and a quick catered supper, we all settled down. Show More Summary

Tamsin Doherty asks "What is a creative life?"

In the September issue of The Brooklyn Rail, Tamsin Doherty contributed a book review of Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, a book of 40 artists' essays (one of which I wrote) edited by artist Sharon Louden. The book has been widely...Show More Summary

Perfection: Tomma Abts and Helene Appel

Is perfection making a comeback? In exhibitions at David Zwirner and James Cohan, Tomma Abts (b. Germany 1967) and Helene Appel (b. Germany 1976) certainly make a case that focus and exactitude are still meaningful approaches. [Image: Tomma Abts @ David Zwirner] Click for full story / links

Back in Arizona - And My Studio Painting for the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Winter - 18x24 oil/panel. Available at the Grand CanyonCelebration of Art Exhibit, Sale and Auction. As I type this morning, I am back in Arizona in my winter studio. I don't often get to see the Southwest during what is...Show More Summary

Eric Wesley's daily status updates

I like reading other people's diaries, especially artists, and so naturally I was drawn to Eric Wesley's new work at Bortolami. The show features paintings of his daily progress status reports--a combination of to-do lists and daily calendar entries. [Image at top: Eric Wesley, slideshow of paintings in the show at Bortolami]  Click for full story / links

Cheat sheet: Recommended shows

Traditionally, the fall season, following the summer doldrums, is the time for big, audacious exhibitions that garner attention and big crowds. This fall is no exception. Exhibitions I'm looking forward to seeing (and participating in) are noted below in chronological order. [Image above: Ralph Fasenella @ American Folk Art Museum Click for full story / links

When is a Painting Finished - And Grand Canyon-Bound!

At the 2012 Grand Canyon "Celebration of Art" I'm in the midst of packing for the Grand Canyon "Celebration of Art" plein air event this morning. Fortunately, most of the art gear is in my Arizona studio in a tidy pile that I made back in May, just before leaving for my summer studio on Campobello Island. Show More Summary

The New Museum’s “Here and Elsewhere:” Arab artists’ grim pride of place

Guest contributor Jonathan Stevenson / The New Museum’s abundant exhibition of Arab art “Here and Elsewhere,” named for and inspired by Jean-Luc Godard’s searching 1976 documentary, suggests that Middle Eastern artists in some ways have an advantage over others. Show More Summary

September 2: Andrew Ginzel's list of NYC shows and events

Welcome back from summer hiatus. Oh, how I've missed Andrew Ginzel's list. SOME but not all NYC SELECTED SHOWS TO SEE / September 2, 2014  / Listed south to north. Compiled by artist Andrew Ginzel for his students at the School of Visual Arts. Show More Summary

September 2014 Newsletter

New Videos Available for Pre-Order! Read on! September 2014 Newsletter from Michael Chesley Johnson Labor Day, September 1, 2014 Friar's Bay, Campobello Island, NB I can't believe another summer has flown by. It seems just the other day we were watching the apple trees bloom, and now the apples are falling. Show More Summary

Plein Air Sketch to Studio: Revisted

"Quiet Cove" 12x16 oil - Sold For me, painting on-location is very straightforward. You go out, pick something to paint, and then you paint it. Simple. But taking that sketch to the studio and creating Art out of it, well, that is a different matter. Show More Summary

Last chance: Summer shows in Hudson and Beacon

Continuing my roadtrip north of the city, I headed west from the Berkshires to Hudson and Beacon, two more towns that have absorbed many exhausted Brooklyn artists who have decided to join art communities elsewhere. In Hudson, John Davis has notably expressive solo painting shows by Matt Blackwell, Judith Simonian, Kathy Osborn, and Angela Dufresne. Show More Summary

Outside the city: Great Barrington

  Last week I took a couple days off and drove up to Massachusetts. In Sheffield, I stopped by the Colonial Farm to catch up with with Brece Honeycutt, then took in two excellent shows in Great Barrington, the next town over, at Susan...Show More Summary

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