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Adjusting a Photo for Painting

"Why They Paint Doors Blue"12x16 oil/panel by Michael Chesley JohnsonFor Sale - $1200, includes shipping and frame As many of you know, Trina and I just recently returned to the summer studio for the season. There's always tons to do...Show More Summary

Brushwork: Philip Guston 1957-1967

Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. May everyone get a bit of time in the studio! Here's a quote and some images by Philip Guston to think about: "I do not see why the loss of faith in the known image and symbol in our time should be celebrated as a freedom. Show More Summary

Picks: Sharpe-Walentas Open Studios

Two years ago the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Space Program joined forces with the Walentas Family Foundation, the philanthropic element of Two Trees Management Company (my landlord). Two Trees owns the Brooklyn building that houses the Sharpe Foundation, which since 1991 has provided free studio space to selected artists via one-year residencies. Show More Summary

Art and film: David Hockney's world

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / David Hockney, in Randall Wright’s rather breezy documentary Hockney, appears to be a thoughtful hedonist, in thrall to beautiful moments. He admits to a fairly happy working-class childhood in Yorkshire and seems to have encountered relatively little friction over his emerging homosexuality. Show More Summary

Jane Swavely: Admiration for the jungle

Contributed by Mira Dayal / There is a sense of unease in the series of paintings that comprise of "Espial," Jane Swavely's latest show at A.I.R. Gallery. I enter the space — not of the gallery, but of the painting itself. Hovering just...Show More Summary

Trudy Benson: Cheerfully kinetic, but

In her solo show at Half Gallery, Trudy Benson presents easel-size paintings that continue her riff on the digital imagery of early paint software like Painter and Corel Draw. Working in layers with pattern and line, and using saturated color, Benson creates abstractions that seem to jump off the canvas. Show More Summary

Product Review: Multimedia Artboard, New Colors for Oil Painters – And Home to Campobello Island

For those of you following our travels, you'll be happy to know that we reached our summer studio on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, on Monday. Trina and I got home on a raw, rainy, windy day to discover that the power company had not turned on our electricity (or "hydro," as they call it here) on schedule. Show More Summary

Quick study

Links to  NIcole Eisenman's shows, Morley Safer's paintings, reviews of recent abstraction shows, a writing competition, and the paintings being called "anti-Catholic" in Virginia. Happy weekend everyone! MUST SEE: The New Museum has...Show More Summary

Blurring the boundary between painting and photography

SPONSORED ESSAY /  For the exhibition "Chemistry: Explorations in Abstract Photography," curator Karlyn Benson, director of Matteawan Gallery in Beacon, NY, has selected six photographers who push beyond traditional photographic processes in search of new definitions of what a photograph can be. Show More Summary

Ideas and Influences: Adam Simon

Adam Simon could best be described as a conceptual painter. Based in Brooklyn, he has been painting and organizing community projects like Four Walls and the Fine Art Adoption Network for more than 25 years. Lately, though, he's putShow More Summary

"Bill and Ted" at Freddy (new location)

The mysterious Baltimore gallery Freddy has relocated to an old church in Harris, New York, a small town between Liberty and Monticello of Route 17. I recently received a press release about the gallery's inaugural show, "Bill and Ted," which features work by Bill Adams and Ted Gahl. Show More Summary

An artist's DNA: Jessica Weiss

At Outlet Fine Arts through Sunday, in her first solo exhibition in eight years, Jessica Weiss presents dazzling large-scale paintings of life-sized animal hybrids. Mashups of big floral prints, the paintings feature tangles of collaged...Show More Summary

Creating a Sense of Light on a Lackluster Day

While I'm traveling for the next few weeks, I am re-posting some of my older blog posts. With that in mind, here is my next re-post, from September 24, 2011.Someone recently asked how one can create a sense of light when the day lacks brilliance. Show More Summary

Preview: Bernard Piffaretti's doubles in Berlin

If you're in Berlin in June, don't miss French painter Bernard Piffaretti's show at Klemm's. Pifferetti (b. 1955 in Saint-Etienne, France) is known for painting paintings--that is, he divides each canvas in half vertically, makes a painting on one side, and then copies it on the other. Show More Summary

Painting from Photographs: All Surface, No Substance

"Rock, Grass, Rock" 9x12, pastel - contact Michael While I'm traveling for the next few weeks, I am re-posting some of my older blog posts. With that in mind, here is my next re-post, from August 26, 2011.I take every opportunity I can to disabuse students of the notion that painting from photographs is a valuable skill. Show More Summary

Interview: Justine Hill in Bushwick

I first saw Justine Hill's paintings in "Metamodern," a 2015 group show at Denny Gallery that explored the contemporary fusion of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, and Primitivism. Her shaped canvases seem to jump off the wall with...Show More Summary

Cataloque essay: Kirsten Swenson on Peter Soriano's Permanent Maintanence

Kirsten Swenson originally wrote this catalogue essay for Permanent Maintenance, Peter Soriano's wall drawing installation, on view through August 21, 2016, at the Colby College Museum of Art. // Drawing on the wall is a natural, immediate...Show More Summary

Workshop Report: Valparaiso, Indiana

Jan Sullivan with her beloved chickens I've been coming to the Art Barn in Valparaiso ("Valpo," the locals call it) for several years now. My introduction to it was Ann Templeton, one of my early mentors, who also taught here many times. Show More Summary

IMAGES: Student work

Since I skipped the art fairs last week, I had time to stop by a few vibrant (but short-run) student exhibitions. Here are images of promising work from "Thru-Line," the Brooklyn College MFA program show and "Anti-Pro," the Open Studio event at the New York Studio Residency Program. Show More Summary

Have No Fear: The Magic Cropping Tool and Plein Air Painting

"The Miss Fletcher" 9x9, oil Private Collection While I'm traveling for the next few weeks, I am re-posting some of my older blog posts. With that in mind, here is my next re-post, from August 25, 2011.You're out in the field, and the most perfect scene imaginable as been handed to you. Show More Summary

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