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Studio visit: John Zinsser

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Two Coats of Paint recently stopped in at John Zinsser‘s sunny Greenpoint studio. Zinsser moved to New York in the ’80s and has been making mostly-monochromatic, rule-based abstract paintings ever since. Show More Summary

Agnes Martin: A resolutely solitary endeavor

Running late, I arrived at the press preview for the Agnes Martin retrospective long after all of the other critics and journalists had left. My inefficiency turned out to be a bonus. I had the place to myself, and walking alone up the Guggenheim spiral and following the unwinding of Agnes Martin’s life in art … read more... "Agnes Martin: A resolutely solitary endeavor"

Master Class: Depth

Plateau Point View6x8 oil by Michael Chesley JohnsonHow far can you see? One of the biggest failings I see in landscape paintings is a lack of depth. Many instructors teach you to abstract (or flatten) the landscape as an aid for transferring your subject to the two-dimensional surface of your canvas. Show More Summary

Paintout in Sedona - and About Paint Sedona Plein Air Painting Workshops

Almost There8x16 oil by Michael Chesley Johnson - Available Most plein air painters, I think, immerse themselves in solitude when they hike out into the landscape. That's part of why we're out there -- the solitude. But there are times when you might want a more social experience. Show More Summary

Michael Ottersen: Logic and intuition

Contributed by Erin Langner / When I walked into Season last week, I almost stepped on Summer Reading, a painting by Michael Ottersen. To be fair, the painting was on the floor. At 18 x 21.5 inches, it was also around the size of a doormat. But, the tilted, pink line that slices through the … read more... "Michael Ottersen: Logic and intuition"

Art and Film: Kelly Reichardt’s stoic women

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Kelly Reichardt’s unostentatiously virtuosic Certain Women, based on Maile Meloy’s short stories, depicts hardscrabble Montana in angular austerity, with the simple lines of mountains and fences and...Show More Summary

Master Class: Contrast Pairs

An Inviting Spot10x9 pastel by Michael Chesley JohnsonWhat contrast pairs are at work here? In my last Master Class post, I discussed three contrast pairs that are most useful for the plein air painter. In this post, I’ll be writingShow More Summary

Email: The deCordova Museum’s 2016 Biennial

The deCordova Museum’s Biennial exhibition in Lincoln, Massachusetts, is one of the most prestigious group shows in New England. Curators Jennifer Gross (soon departing) and Sarah Montross made 120 studio visits throughout the region...Show More Summary

Sedona Plein Air Festival Final Report Plus Observations

At the Main Street Paintout(Photo by Kelli Klymenko, Sedona Arts Center) The 12th annual Sedona Plein Air Festival ended yesterday with the Main Street Paintout and a barbecue for artists and the public. While attending all the events,...Show More Summary

Suzanne Joelson: How things change

In Suzanne Joelson‘s confrontational new paintings the conflicting forces of order and disruption animate a lively hash of vinyl photographic banners, paint, patterning, hollow-core wood panels, broken bits of debris, fabrics, geometric sequencing, and idiosyncratic markmaking. Show More Summary

Examining queer @ Yale University

Contributed by Rachel Farber / What is a queer perspective? How does queerness meet form? Students at the Yale School of Art,  Loren Britton and Res, began asking these questions after seeing the student-run show in 2015. Their conversation...Show More Summary

Sedona Plein Air Festival Mid-Term Report: Color and Contrast

Bridge of Dreams16x12 oil panel by Michael Chesley Johnson We're about halfway through the 2016 12th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival. Artists have been enjoying a period of beautiful weather, marred only by an occasional gust of wind and, on one morning, smoke from a controlled burn near Flagstaff. Show More Summary

Scott Daniel Ellison: “Every artist is in some way self-taught”

Scott Daniel Ellison’s images of flora and fauna are suffused with  personhood–trees wave bony limbs, bats have human faces, and animals wear jewelry. Working at a small scale and focusing on black and tertiary colors, Ellison conjures...Show More Summary

Quick study

Links to the story about the art history professor who is charged with forgery and her difficulties in the Franklin Pierce art department (lawsuits, etc.), the decline in MFA applicants, and a new book about painting from David Salle. There’s been a charge of art forgery in New Hampshire and the alleged perp is no … read more... "Quick study"

Installation view: Machines of Paint and Other Materials

When artist Jennifer Riley saw a cavernous vacant storefront on Front Street in DUMBO, she thought it would make a good exhibition space, so she contacted the building’s owner (Two Trees Management) and asked if they would be interested in hosting a pop-up show. Show More Summary

Marjorie Welish on Leslie Roberts at Minus Space

Contributed by Marjorie Welish / American artists may over-esteem the vernacular as the only true democratic mode. But occasionally a vernacular mythopoesis really inspires a good body of art. Leslie Roberts is a scavenger of found lexicons—code-able idioms in daily use on commonplace themes. Show More Summary

Elise Ferguson: Courting imperfection

In order to fully apprehend Elise Ferguson’s sensational new paintings, viewers must make a trip to Greenpoint this weekend; looking at JPEGs just won’t do. Crafted from pigmented plaster on MDF panels, Ferguson’s work, which she begins with images drawn on the computer, has the flat, porous surface of a plaster wall and the warmth … read more... Show More Summary

Master Class: Dominance

Nestled in Dawn's Early Light9x12 pastel by Michael Chesley JohnsonWhat color qualities are dominant in this scene? I've decided to start a new series of blog posts, one that will address topics of interest to more advanced painters....Show More Summary

Joan Semmel: A woman’s body

Donald Trump has made women’s bodies a central campaign issue during the 2016 presidential election. In a speech in New Hampshire today, Michelle Obama responded to Trump’s behavior: The shameful comments about our bodies, the disrespect of our ambitions and intellect, the belief that you can do anything you want to a woman, it is … read more... "Joan Semmel: A woman’s body"

Workshop Report: Wilmington, North Carolina - and Hurricane Matthew

Pastel demonstration by Michael Chesley Johnson I've never had to cancel or shorten a workshop because of a natural disaster or an act of God. However, I had to shorten this one. Read on!I always like to teach a workshop on our annual fall migration from our summer studio on Campobello Island to our winter one near Sedona, Arizona. Show More Summary

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