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The Seduction and Peril of Plein Air

Red Rocks Revisited - 8x10 oil - studio painting based on below reference Red Rocks - 5x7 pastel - original reference Fields and woods, streams and creeks and hilltops—I've spent much of my life exploring the landscape, either on foot or in a car, and with camera or paint brush. Show More Summary

Suzanne Joelson studio visit: Temporal and now

When I stopped by Suzanne Joelson's studio a few weeks ago, I found her working on several things at once, including two large paintings on hollow-core panels (doors in a previous life) and a series of painting-collages on paper. Recently...Show More Summary

The Outlands of Sedona - Road Trip

Painting at Palatki At least once a season when I'm in Sedona, I like to take a painting road trip with my friend, M.L. Coleman. M.L. has a Lazy Daze motorhome that's perfect for several days or even weeks on the road. Together, we've traveled up to the Grand Canyon, both the North and South Rims, and the Vermilion Cliffs. Show More Summary

The strategic now

In her statement for "The Forever Now," the contemporary painting show on view at MOMA through April 5, 2015, curator Laura Hoptman makes a case that the Internet enables painters to sample styles from art history, creating an “ahistorical...Show More Summary

Artist's house for sale: Mystic, Connecticut

When I was a full-time faculty member at a nearby university, we bought this beautiful historic house at 9 Pearl Street in Mystic, Connecticut. The entire attic was my studio, and it was here that I began blogging at Two Coats of Paint. Show More Summary

Artist as Migrant Worker

Photo courtesy of Life MagazineThe LIFE photo archive of more than 10 million pictures has been made available on Google, free for personal and research purposes. Copyright and ownership of all images remains with Time Inc. A majority of the images have never been publicly displayed before. Show More Summary

Miami, Part IV: Rebecca Morgan's eye on the figurative

Guest Contributor Rebecca Morgan / The Miami fairs constitute true spectacle. I enjoyed watching it happen from a safe distance, and found it even more exhilarating to be present and in the thick of it all. The general atmosphere across the fairs and social scenes throughout the week was congenial and bright, celebratory and effervescent. Show More Summary

Miami, Part III: Heather Leigh McPherson attends a Bomb discussion, Untitled

Guest Contributor Heather Leigh McPherson / After a Saturday filled with manic art-spectating energy, I went to Untitled and attended a late afternoon panel at Select Art Fair, which presented a moment of reflection and listening. Moderated...Show More Summary

What Inspires Me - and Where in the World is Plein Air

Next summer, I'll be taking part in the second annual "Where in the World Is Plein Air" juried event. The event lasts three days, June 10-12, 2015, and participating artists will be creating one painting a day and posting three video segments daily to show the paintings in process. Show More Summary

Miami, Part II: Heather Leigh McPherson Reports on NADA

Guest Contributor Heather Leigh McPherson / I spent twenty-six hours awake in Miami Beach. I gave Art Basel the once-over, had a long look at the NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance) Fair, attended a panel hosted by Legacy Russell at Select Art Fair, and flew through Untitled in the fifty-two minutes before the guards started circling at 7 pm. Show More Summary

Part I: Rebecca Morgan's pick's from Miami--Untitled and Art Basel

Guest contributor Rebecca Morgan / As the definitive Juggernaut of all art fairs, there is a lot to love and loathe about Art Basel Miami Beach. Personally, my love for art fairs far exceeds my disdain for them; without going into particulars...Show More Summary

After December Rains ... and the Finger Cot Test

After December Rains12x9 pastelAvailable - $ 300 - unframed, shipping included As you may recall, in my last post I wrote about cracked fingertips and split fingernails as a result of my pastel addiction. After trying a variety of gloves, creams and alchemical concoctions, I settled on finger cots. Show More Summary

The Heartbreak of ... Pastel

If you're of a certain age, you'll remember the phrase, "The Heartbreak of Psoriasis" from a TV commercial. Well, there's a more terrifying scourge for the pastel painter - split fingernails and cracked fingertips. Working with pastel is like working in the garden. Show More Summary

Part I: Adira Thekkuveettil and the defaced murals in India

Contributed by Hannah Kennedy, Two Coats Intern / Adira Thekkuveettil is an emerging photographer working in Gujarat, India, who created "Women on Walls," a series of photographs inspired by the notorious 2012 Delhi gang rape incident. Show More Summary

Art and Film: Revenge of the casualists?

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Joe Angio’s winning rock documentary Revenge of the Mekons concerns a defiantly non-commercial punk-era British rock band that has kept going with core members who started out as art students at the University of Leeds, along with a rotating cast, for thirty years. Show More Summary

Press release of the week: IDLENESS vs. INDUSTRY

"The aperture on the camera Man Ray used for Dust Breeding (1920) is said to have been left open the precise amount of time it took him and Marcel Duchamp to have a leisurely lunch. The resulting photograph—capturing a section of Duchamp’s...Show More Summary

Two Coats of Paint's Miami Correspondents: Rebecca Morgan and Heather McPherson

If you are in Miami this week, please say hello to our 2014 correspondents, Heather McPherson and Rebecca Morgan. Morgan, represented by Asya Geisberg Gallery in New York, is a native of Western Pennsylvania where she crafts sly images of mountain men, stoners, and other backwoods stereotypes with knowing humor, compassion, and imagination. Show More Summary

This weekend: The 6th Annual Degenerate Craft Fair

I love the Degenerate Craft Fair, the annual event where you can listen to music and drink beer while doing your holiday shopping. This weekend over 40 artists, eccentric crafters, and other makers-of-interesting-stuff will convene at the DCTV Firehouse at 87 Lafayette Street (bet. Show More Summary

Leonardo da Vinci: The Last Supper

Leonardo da Vinci, the Man and the Painter I would like to examine how Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper unites a personal interpretation of the event with a display of some general Renaissance aesthetic principles. On the one hand, we are confronted with an idiosyncratic vision, on the other with a generalist, if not [...]

Fall Lasts Long in Sedona - and a New Oil Palette

Creek Colors 9x12 oilAvailable - $700 - Frame/Shipping Included A friend recently said, "Fall lasts long in Sedona." And it does! You can still find pockets of fall color here and there along the creeks. Yesterday, I went down to Red...Show More Summary

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