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Black Keys

Started placing the keyboard – love black keys against the yellow typewriter case. And those two pops of red. While that dries, I started the red typewriter.  The keys on this model are a soft dove gray, with a few random pale aqua keys. Thinking of using a smoky blue for the background at the […]

Albert Handell Mentoring Program: Day 3, Rocks!

In the Canyon Tuesday morning, we headed back to Indian Canyons. This park has such varied subject matter that we will most likely spend the week there - and gladly.Albert started us off by painting rocks in what has become his signature style. Show More Summary

Albert Handell Mentoring Program: Day 2, Why I Painted in Pastel Today

Can you find the painters? Monday morning, we all met by the pool to caravan to Indian Canyons. Although we got there early, the day was already proving itself to be hot. Fortunately, our painting location, Andreas Canyon, offered plenty...Show More Summary

Two Coats at Sundance: Ambition and the creative life

Guest contributor Jonathan Stevenson / Every January throngs of industry strivers and film buffs congregate in the snowy streets of Park City for the Sundance Film Festival to network, make distribution deals, and watch great independent movies before they reach local art houses. Show More Summary

Albert Handell Mentoring Program: Day 1, Albert Among the Palms

Albert among the palms. I am in beautiful Palm Springs, California, for master painter Albert Handell's mentoring program. When I was hosting a similar workshop of his in Sedona back in October, he honored me by asking me to join him. Show More Summary

Painting of the day: Mark Brosseau's Viscous

Mark Brosseau, Viscous, 2014, medium: acrylic, flashe, and ink on canvas, 24 x 20 inches. About Mark Brosseau: Equally drawn to color, science, math, and emotion, Brosseau discovered art by way of chemistry and architecture. Born and...Show More Summary

Rough Start

Rough under painting; some of the yellow case, pages of the open books, part of the B&W photo of a painting, piece of a frame.

Installation: Call and Response @ Gavin Brown

"Call and Response," an enormous group show hung salon-style in the back gallery at Gavin Brown, includes many of the artists whose work comprises "The Forever Now," but the work selected by Gavin Brown, in a context both more cogent and more expansive, seems genuinely of the moment. Show More Summary

The archive: Jack Pierson's billboard paintings

In the early days of digital imagery, the most challenging aspect of the new medium for artists was output. Back in the late 1990s, most labs were equipped with small printers (11 x 17 inches), but oversize prints that could competeShow More Summary

Outing with the Group and an Upcoming Road Trip

The other weekend, I met my plein air painting group for a few hours of painting Sedona's red rocks. Our location, one of my favorites, gave us a spectacular, panoramic view of Munds Mountain and other nameless crags. As you can seeShow More Summary

Typewriters x 2

Spent the last couple of days yesterday drawing two typewriters I photographed in the iconic Parisian bookstore, Shakespeare & Co. I gridded a darker toned canvas with white chalk. This typewriter, bright yellow with black keys, is on the left. An open book and B&W photo of a deposition-themed painting is on the right. Propped […]

Life-Changing Advice from William F. Reese

William F. Reese The painter William F. Reese died in 2010, but I recently came across a video presentation he gave in 2009 that I want to share with you in a moment. It contains good advice for those of us who have unrealized ambitions.I never had the pleasure of meeting Reese, but he was a mentor of my mentor, Ann Templeton, who is also now gone. Show More Summary

Old-Time Plein Air Painting Adventures

Santa FeWorthington Whittredge8 1/8 x 23 1/8, oil on paper on canvasYale University Art Gallery Hudson River School painter Worthington Whittredge, probably most known for his woodland scenes and panoramas of the Catskills and Shawangunks back east, made several trips out west. Show More Summary

Plein Air Painting: Journey's End or Just Another Roadside Attraction?

References for a finished painting 12x9 oil field study, plus photographs Some of today's plein air painters have the idea that starting and then finishing a painting in the field is the only way to portray the truth of the landscape. Show More Summary

John Yau: "There is a lot of very good painting going on these days"

At  Hyperallergic Weekend, John Yau starts a post about a visit to Louise Belcourt's Williamsburg studio with a mini-rant about curators, galleries and museums: Despite the hue and cry about zombie formalism, there is a lot of very good painting going on these days. Show More Summary

RESIDENCY: Andrea Zittel's Wagon Station Encampment

Regular readers know that I'm a zealous supporter of DIY artist residencies, so I was pleased to see that Andrea Zittel's Wagon Station Encampment is featured on the Art21 website this week as part of their "Exclusive" web series. Zittel,...Show More Summary


Last night when my flight to the Sundance Film Festival had been cancelled, I realized that the storm we're expecting in New York today is going to be a monster -- a storm-of-the-century sort of event. Unless the electricity goes out, expect a few posts in the next couple days while I'm sequestered in my little (but well heated) UWS apartment. Show More Summary

January 23: Andrew Ginzel's list of NYC shows and events

SOME but not all NYC SELECTED SHOWS TO SEE / January 23, 2015  / Listed south to north. Compiled by artist Andrew Ginzel for his students at the School of Visual Arts. Note: Images have been selected by Two Coats of Paint. [Image:  Installation View of "Terra Infirma," Linda Herritt (left) and Elana Herzog (right). Show More Summary

ON FILM: Art and Fraud

Guest contributor Jonathan Stevenson / Art forgery seems especially unsporting and misanthropic as non-violent crimes go, involving as it does the subversion of high culture. For one unknown artist to represent as his own a painting made by another artist would seem a less objectionable transgression than copying a master's work. Show More Summary

INSTALLATION: Elements @ Minus Space

Mid-size objects and paintings that "investigate primary forms and elementary materials" are having a meaningful conversation at Minus Space this month, and I strongly recommend stopping by and taking a look. A walk around the gallery...Show More Summary

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