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The Importance of Drawing

Good drawing skills will help you with your painting -- even landscape painting. If you're a plein air painter, you might find this video helpful. --- Michael Chesley Johnson, AIS PSA MPAC PSNM www.MichaelChesleyJohnson.com

Allison Schulnik’s frenzied equestrian feminisms

Contributed by Torey Akers / Allison Schulnik’s current solo show at ZieherSmith, “Hoof II,” posits personal mythology as a material condition for world-building. Each heavily impastoed piece functions simultaneously as portal and detonation site, issuing a challenge to the institutional semantics framing femininity in contemporary art dialogue. Show More Summary

Katie Bell’s Miami breakthrough

Contributed by Rob Kaiser-Schatzlein /  Katie Bell‘s work, comprising scavenged construction debris, skirts the line between sculpture and assemblage. Bell combed Miami for a month to source the materials for “Backsplash,” her most recent solo show, which opened at Locust Projects September 10. Show More Summary

Sue Post: Intuitively chosen constraints

Contributed by Franklin Einspruch / Among several of my quixotic projects is to farm a heretofore neglected front yard for vegetables. It is, as they say, a work in progress. I am in charge of this project, and yet I am not. Much depends on my scant knowledge, my incomplete attention, my limited power to … read more... "Sue Post: Intuitively chosen constraints"

Quick study

This edition includes links to upcoming Open Studio dates, Clyfford Still’s pastels, the Miami art fair participant lists, Thornton Willis upstate, the gold toilet at the Guggenheim, the resurrection of Ginzel’s much-loved List, a review of Molly Crabapple’s show at Postmasters, George Bush’s new painting project, and more. Show More Summary

Art and film: Bruce Conner, escape artist

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Evident in the transfixing Bruce Conner retrospective “Bruce Conner: It’s All True” at MoMA is a probing eye that seeks out departure of one kind or another. Eclectic and countercultural, his rather...Show More Summary

Get Ready for Paint Sedona Plein Air Painting Workshops!

Painting the Red Rocks of Sedona If you've been following my blog, you'll have read nine rather long posts on my experience at the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art. I wanted to give you a feeling for what's it like to participate in a world-class event like that. Show More Summary

IRL: The Study Room at the Metropolitan Museum

Contributed by Kate Liebman / The Metropolitan Museum’s Department of Drawings and Prints is celebrating its centennial this year, and has devoted a wall to “one masterpiece” per week through April 30, 2017. This week’s masterpiece was a portrait of a church man drawn by Jean Fouquet in the mid-15th century. Show More Summary

Grand Canyon 2016 - Part 9

Sunday, September 18, 2016Saturday morning dawned with the canyon filled with a blue haze from the Fuller fire still smouldering on the North Rim. The artists I met during check-in for the Quick Draw all remarked on how lucky we were;...Show More Summary

Julie Torres’ dispatches from Hudson, part 2

As promised in part one earlier this week, Julie Torres has sent her second report from Hudson‘s thriving gallery scene. Julie was a longtime – and much-loved! – Brooklyn resident who recently moved upstate, and while we miss having her nearby, we’re itching to visit her new neighborhood for ourselves. Show More Summary

Grand Canyon 2016 - Part 8

Saturday, September 17, 2016I thought I’d take a moment to talk about my evolving palette. Many of you have asked what I use and if it changes from Maine to Arizona. Up until this week, I have used what is basically a split-primary palette. Show More Summary

Grand Canyon 2016 - The Paintings

As promised, here are the paintings from the 2016 Grand Canyon Celebration of Art. These are all for sale through the Kolb Studio on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. For details on the event and the sales, please visit www.grandcanyon.orgStill to come is the Quick Draw piece. Show More Summary

Grand Canyon 2016 - Part 7

Canyon Trails 12x24 oil by Michael Chesley JohnsonAvailable at Kolb Studio, Grand Canyon National Park Friday, September 16, 2016My goal Thursday afternoon was to finish the 12x24 I’d started at Yaki Point the day before. I was eager -- okay, let’s be honest and say “impatient” -- to get going. Show More Summary

Grand Canyon 2016 - Part 6

Thursday, September 15, 2016After lunch Wednesday, I started to feel the pressure of time. With the option of delivering finished paintings Thursday afternoon and the deadline of Friday afternoon, I needed to make any final adjustments and start framing. Show More Summary

Gregory Amenoff: Inside and Out

Contributed by Stephen Westfall / American abstraction was born in the landscape. Arthur Dove and Georgia O’Keeffe seem to have got there before anyone else, trailing plowed fields, banks of clouds, and zigzag lightning bolts into visual...Show More Summary

Art exchange: Catherine Haggarty’s trip to Los Angeles

Contributed by Catherine Haggarty / I arrived at LAX on an early flight from Newark on Saturday, August 6.  I knew I would be staying with Andrew Cortez and his girlfriend Anne Marie Taylor in Glassell Park, LA for a week. I was there to make art and new friends, and to learn about Andrew … read more... "Art exchange: Catherine Haggarty’s trip to Los Angeles"

Grand Canyon 2016 - Part 5

Wednesday, September 14, 2016After Tuesday’s midday sleet storm, I spent some time making minor adjustments on the morning’s work. Once in awhile at these plein air painting festivals, the question comes up: Must a plein air painting be finished entirely in the field? The question usually is asked by painters new to plein air painting festivals. Show More Summary

Grand Canyon 2016 - Part 4

Sunset Tuesday, September 13, 2016At lunch on Monday, I spent a little time reviewing my paintings thus far. The temptation with this event is to just keep painting; it’s like harvesting a garden, where you know you have only a limited time before the frost, and you don’t want to miss a single tomato. Show More Summary

Art and film: Growing up at 70 Hester Street with Thomas Nozkowski and Joyce Robins

Contributed by Casimir Nozkowski /  I grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in a building that was once a synagogue, a whiskey still, a raincoat factory and when I was born there, a studio for my artist parents [Thomas Nozkowski and Joyce Robins]. Show More Summary

Grand Canyon 2016 - Part 3

Monday, September 12, 2016After lunch yesterday, I headed west on the Hermit Drive, also known as West Rim Drive. The wind had gotten up, and sure enough, it was worse at the Abyss. The Abyss is a box canyon that faces northeast, and its immense walls seem to capture the wind and turn it right at you. Show More Summary

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