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Warp and weft: The grid at Mixed Greens

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Mixed Greens’ enterprising group exhibition "Common Thread," on view through August 28, positions a 1973 Bauhaus grid study by Anni Albers and Ellen Lesperance’s 2009 grid-based gouache deconstruction...Show More Summary

Albert Oehlen's genius

If paintings were guests at a dinner party, Albert Oehlen’s would be the most popular raconteurs. Everyone would clamor to sit next to them, leaving the rest of the paintings sulking at the end of the table by themselves. His current...Show More Summary

Upcoming Plein Air Painting Workshop at Acadia Workshop Center

Each year in early October, I look forward to spending time on Mount Desert Island, home to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Fall is a beautiful time to visit that area, and it's a great time to be painting there, too! Nature puts...Show More Summary

Castine Plein Air Festival 2015 - Day 3 and the End

My table at the show. (A little more space would have been nice soall the paintings could be displayed upright.) After yesterday's magnificent thunderstorm, today dawned chilly and overcast. Despite the uninspiring weather, I think all the artists decided to paint till the last second. Show More Summary

Ruth Root’s deep integration

Guest contributor Jonathan Stevenson / Ruth Root’s seven striking shaped canvases, on display at Andrew Kreps Gallery in Chelsea and all untitled, might recall Elizabeth Murray’s transcendent household paintings, Hermine Ford’s erudite explorations of nature and artifice, or, more distantly, Kelly and Stella’s hard-edge Minimalist works. Show More Summary

Castine Plein Air Festival 2015 - Day 2

Before the storm After the storm(No, the boats weren't all wiped out by the storm; this is a different cove) Morning broke with sunshine and scattered clouds. Somewhat recovered from my marathon session yesterday, I headed down to Perkins Street and the little Catholic church that is there. Show More Summary

Castine Plein Air Festival 2015 - Day 1

Dyce Head 9x12 oil/panelby Michael Chesley JohnsonAvailable at Castine Plein Air Festival "Make hay while the sun shines," the saying goes. Today was sunny with a few clouds; for tomorrow, they are predicting showers. To make the most of the sun, I pushed myself and made five paintings. Show More Summary

Castine Plein Air Festival - Pre-Event

Roses in Castine When I strolled down to the Castine town dock yesterday, something seemed missing. Everything looked just as it had the last two years, so what was it?. A variety of pleasure craft sat moored in the water, a few tourists...Show More Summary

Seeing black at Brian Morris

Guest Contributor Jonathan Stevenson / “Cuts Noon Light,” the challenging three-person exhibition at Brian Morris Gallery on Chrystie Street, gets its title from a Pablo Neruda poem in which those words seem to refer to what a lover does, and especially what is missed when the lover is absent or gone. Show More Summary

Castine Plein Air Festival 2015

Me at the 2013 Castine Plein Air Festival If you haven't heard, the Castine Plein Air Festival will start in just a few days. This will be the third year for the Festival, and I am honoured to be an invited artist again. I won an award each of the last two years, which automatically gets me an invitation. Show More Summary

William Faulkner on discrepancies and contradictions

As a guest at Yaddo this summer (studio pictured above with work in progress), I have access to a lovely library, which is located in a neo-classical building in the center of the compound. Built in 1910, the stucco-clad structure also houses the residency office and the grounds garage, and features a charming Tuscan colonnade. Show More Summary

Your July Horoscope! by Crystal “Kitty” Shimski

Transcribed by guest contributor Jennifer Coates / Kitty divides her time between New York City and Montauk. She is a freelance Intuitive Technique Specialist and part-time Trance Inducer. She was recently certified in Trauma Re-alignment...Show More Summary

Some 8x8s - And About Gallery-Wrap Canvas

Passage 8x8 oil/canvas by Michael Chesley Johnson(Mulholland Lighthouse, Campobello Island, New Brunswick)Available - $170 includes shipping Above is one of four little paintings I made recently. I'm experimenting with two things in these. Show More Summary

Elizabeth Kley and Conrad Ventur: Improbable harmony at Regina Rex

Guest Contributor Jonathan Stevenson / A two-person exhibition involving a couple of clearly kindred artists stands a good chance of being demurely satisfying on account of its agreeable predictability. But one of the features that makes for a truly outstanding show is apparent incongruity that surprisingly yields integration and harmony. Show More Summary

Punctuation: Derek Bourcier, Robert Medvedz, and Robert Yoder at Planthouse

Without the serial comma – the one inserted before “and” in a list of three or more items – a reader might infer from the sentence “I love my dogs, Elizabeth Murray and Yaddo” that my dogs were named Elizabeth Murray and Yaddo. (I assure...Show More Summary

Two Countries, One Bay Open Studio Tour

Fabric art by Trina Stephenson What is summer without an open studio tour? This year, both Artists Retreat Studios & Gallery and Friar's Bay Studio Gallery will be part of a two-country studio tour. The tour runs Saturday and Sunday, July 18-19, 2015. Show More Summary

Paintings Delivered to Symbiosis Fine Art

My gallery in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick, has been very good at selling my work this summer, so today I'm delivering four more paintings to it. Here they are: Flood Tide at Dawn, 12x16 oil/canvas by Michael Chesley Johnson July 9x12...Show More Summary

Serious drollery at Asya Geisberg

Guest Contributor Jonathan Stevenson / Summer group shows are notorious for their looseness, but in “Character Traits” Matthew Craven has managed to curate one at Asya Geisberg Gallery in Chelsea that’s coherent as well as insightful and amusing. Show More Summary

Painting: The Bootleg Tapes

"Ready to Paint" 8x8 oil/gallery wrap canvasby Michael Chesley JohnsonAvailable! $150 incl. shipping I listen to music when I paint. My tastes are eclectic, and my large collection spans the spectrum from Bach to Björk. But do you know what my favorite music is? Bootleg tapes.Bootlegs are unofficial releases of music. Show More Summary

Off to Yaddo

Tomorrow I leave for nearly four weeks at Yaddo, the fabled artists' community in Saratoga Springs, New York. Twenty-three artists and writers will be in residence at the bucolic 400-acre estate that was founded in 1900 by financierShow More Summary

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