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Quick study: Mini fair, the Triennial, Saltz gets the boot, Edith Schloss

If you want to support artists but can't face visiting 199 booths in one go at a mega-fair like the Armory, I recommend stopping by Salon Zürcher on Bleecker Street (image above) where gallerist Gwenolee Zürcher always invites a handful of galleries to mount exhibitions in her space during fair week. Show More Summary

Picks from VOLTA NY, 2015

This year VOLTA has taken up residence at Pier 90, a lovely spot on the Hudson right next to The Armory Show, which sprawls across Piers 92 and 94. A more manageable size than many of the other fairs, VOLTA is selective, and galleries that have been invited to participate present curated exhibitions of single artists. Show More Summary

Wake of the Flood

Wake of the Flood, 9x12 oil plein airby Michael Chesley Johnson Above is a painting I made yesterday after three days of late winter rains caused Oak Creek to flood. The sun came out, the water receded, and the birds began to sing again. Show More Summary

Art Fair Quiz: Spring/Break

Although the Spring/Break Art Show is known more for installations, dimly lit rooms and video projections, there were a fair number of paintings on the walls this year. Can you identify these? Send your answers to with SPRING/BREAK QUIZ in the subject line. Show More Summary

Joan Waltemath: Sew

After painting with acrylic pigment and binders for the past few years, I recently returned to oil, mostly because I like the way oils darken and age over time. Working with oil paints involves forethought about layering, drying, and mixing mediums—even the brand of paint can make a difference in the stability of the surface over time. Show More Summary

Post-Workshop: Studio-Only, Pastel-Only, Color Intensive Painting Workshop

Earlier this week, I announced that I had scheduled a studio-only, pastel-only, color intensive painting workshop. I've always wanted to teach such a workshop, since color really is the impetus for my painting. As Dylan Thomas wrote:The...Show More Summary

Upcoming Workshop: Gig Harbor, Washington - Northwest Pastel Society

In case you haven't heard, I will be both the Juror of Selection and Judge of Awards for the Northwest Pastel Society's 29th Annual International Open Exhibit. If this exhibit is anything like the previous ones, it'll be filled with beautiful works. Show More Summary

Encounters: Painter and Teacher Ray Hassard

Left: Ray Hassard My latest newsletter, which went out last week, prompted an e-mail from Cincinatti painter and teacher Ray Hassard. Ray was visiting a friend nearby and, until my letter arrived in his inbox, had forgotten that I spend my winters in Sedona. Show More Summary

Painting a B&W photo

Perfect painting day; overcast but bright, a lovely, even light. Reworked the dandelion yellow case, the black keys with their multiple blue highlights, and another layer on the left hand picture frame. I added the little knob that sat loose on the table and a glimpse inside the top of the typewriter. Finally, I added […]

New Workshop: Studio-Only, Pastel-Only Color Intensive

Tomorrow, I start teaching a workshop that's new for me. Rather than taking students out into the field and guiding them through the perils (and pleasures!) of plein air painting, I'll be locking them up in the studio where we'll be masters of our environment. Show More Summary

February Newsletter from Michael Chesley Johnson

"December Morning in the Desert" 24x30 oil/canvas This painting will be at Yavapai College Verde Art Gallery, March 23-April 9,as part of the "Sedona Saves: Selected Works from Verde Valley Art Collections" ExhibitA Collaborative Exhibit...Show More Summary

Richard Aldrich on "progress"

The February issue of Art in America features a Ross Simonini interview with Richard Aldrich in which the artist discusses the notion of artistic progress. Here is an excerpt in which Aldrich deflates the traditional idea that an artist...Show More Summary

Small work: Brett Baker @ Elizabeth Harris

Brett Baker's new small-scale paintings at Elizabeth Harris continue his exploration of line, thickly layered paint, and color. Several years ago, when Baker moved from a good-sized studio to a small apartment in New York, he decided to apply the same effort to miniature abstractions that he had previously invested in mural-size work. Show More Summary

The Adventures of Mabel

Worked on the adding the book, The Adventures of Mabel, especially the cover line drawing. Started filling in the stack of newsprint and magazines beneath it. Also the glimpse of the typewriter’s interior and the ql logo. The Adventures of Mabel, by Harry Thurston Peck, was my favorite bedtime story. It was published in 1916, […]

sleet outside, canary yellow inside

Winter storm watch outside, canary yellow typewriter inside.  Started with the top of the supporting shelf – there’s a lot of grain to work in and general texture yet to come – and the dark beneath the shelf. Roughed in the bi-level shelf to the right that the book and B&W photo are propped on, […]

Who Said Red?

That’s the name of a book I used to read to the kids, when they were small. Tackled the keytop, type bars, platen, type guide and various metal parts near the platen knob. Yeah, I had to Google up ‘parts of a typewriter’ or I’d be all gizmos and doohickeys    

The Artist's Statement: Thomas Micchelli

Thomas Micchelli, co-editor of Hyperallergic Weekend, has what looks like a fine solo show of paintings and drawings on view at John Davis through March 1. Two bodies of work are included in the exhibition--"Bacchantes," an ongoing series...Show More Summary

Lux: Julian Kreimer

I recently got a note from Julian Kreimer, one of my former colleagues in the dynamic painting program at SUNY Purchase, who is about to complete an artist's residency at Lux Art Institute, a Kunsthalle-type institution outside San Diego. Show More Summary

Quick study: Goodbye art world, Tal R, Anselm Reyle's fall, Hollywood agents, and a rant about education

When twenty-somethings realize being a part of the the art world often means enduring a hard, poorly compensated, unfair existence, they decide to pursue other options. Sadly, this week Whitney Kimball announced that after writing for Art F City for four years, she is leaving the art world. Show More Summary

Albert Handell Mentoring Program: Day 6, The Big Critique

On Friday, we headed back to Indian Canyons where Albert painted a large pastel, again using his transparent watercolor underpainting method. As with the previous day's painting, this was not a demonstration but a painting. "They are two completely different things," he explained. Show More Summary

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