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A Special Plein Air Painting Retreat

West Quoddy Station Special Plein Air Painting Retreat West Quoddy Station, Lubec, MaineAugust 13-17, 2018 I invite you to join us for a very special plein air painting retreat for experienced painters this summer. Unlike my usual workshops in Lubec, this retreat will be five luxurious days long, giving us plenty of outdoor painting time. Show More Summary

Bushwick Open Studios 2017, Part 2

Contributed by Katie Fuller / Last weekend, Bushwick Open Studios did not disappoint. The mood was uplifting and the studios were full of artistic spirit. I found myself drawn to works with an unequivocal freedom of gesture, and to those that carefully balanced adolescent verve with more seasoned cynicism. Show More Summary

Two Coats Resident Artist Gyan Shrosbree returns in October

This October, former Two Coats of Paint Resident Artist Gyan Shrosbree returns from Iowa for a week. “Since my last residency, I’ve been focused primarily on making huge tarp paintings that are less modular than the installations I made for the space last time,” Shrosbree wrote via email. Show More Summary

Smartphone Apps and Painting

(Can't see the video above? Go to this link:'s a video I shot in Instagram on my Nexus 6P I recently caught up with the 21st century and got a smartphone. Two of the apps I installed on it are Instagram and Snapseed. Show More Summary

Bushwick Open Studios 2017– from Bogart to Troutman

Contributed by William Eckhardt Kohler / The printed studio maps were already gone by early Saturday afternoon–a good indication of the popularity of Bushwick Open Studios–so I simply started at 56 Bogart and made my way to 17-17 Troutman, stopping at studios I found along the way. Show More Summary

Leslie Wayne: Beyond painterly

Contributed by Sharon Butler and Jonathan Stevenson / Leslie Wayne, in transcendently clever new work on view at Jack Shainman Gallery through October 21, has encapsulated a significant strand of art history. Renaissance artist Leon Battista Alberti is often credited with the observation that a painting is a window through which to see the world. Show More Summary

A preview: 2017 Bushwick Open Studios

Bushwick Open Studios takes place this weekend, and we’ve gone through the BOS listings, Facebook posts, and our overstuffed inbox to select a few shows that will be of interest to painters. Our advice is not to worry about following a map–just go wander around and enjoy the day. Look for two posts next week from … read more... "A preview: 2017 Bushwick Open Studios"

T.W. Wood Gallery Pastel Workshop in Vermont

Demonstration: Bay View, 12x14 pastel by Michael Chesley JohnsonSOLD I always like to teach a workshop or two while Trina and I are making our cross-country trek. Not only does it break up the trip, but I get to make some new friends and to help them on their way to becoming better painters. Show More Summary

The Selfishness of Art

Portrait of Mozart (1756-1791).Painted in 1762, when the composer was 6, by Fruhstorfer. The making of Art is a selfish endeavor. It requires all your spirit; yet you can give it everything, and it will still demand more. To give it what it craves is to take away from others. Show More Summary

Mental Sketch to Studio: Fog

Foggy Morning6x24 oil by Michael Chesley JohnsonAvailable Recently, we had a spell of thick fog. Dawn arrived with streetlamps shrouded in mist, moisture dripping from every leaf, and dew-hung cobwebs quilting the mown fields. If the fog retreated offshore during the day, it crept back in toward evening. Show More Summary

Art and Film: Aronofsky’s Bosch-esque mother!

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Albert Oehlen is perhaps foremost among visual artists seeking to capture the jangled frenzy of the Internet Age, having done so in virtuosic paintings that conveyed its sometimes frightening but often funny digital visitations into daily life and the everyday psyche. Show More Summary

Artist’s Talk: Cable Griffith

Contributed by Cable Griffith / While making this work, I’ve tried to remind myself, and hopefully others, of the fundamental connection between everyone and everything. Nature is one word for it. Quantum mechanics describes an aspect...Show More Summary

Calvin Ross Carl’s confectionary wisdom

Contributed by Sharon Arnold / As I open the front door to Robert Yoder’s SEASON, a gallery housed in his beautifully renovated mid-century home, I’m greeted by a boisterous crowd. Seattle is a friendly arts community, excited by Portland artist Calvin Ross Carl’s new series of paintings. Show More Summary

Plein Air Painting Retreats and More!

Painting in Nova Scotia [If you already receive my newsletter and have seen this, my apologies! But if you're not a newsletter subscriber, you can sign up here.]September 2017Campobello Island, NB, CanadaTrina and I just returned from a fantastic painting retreat in Nova Scotia. Show More Summary

Steve Greene’s afterimages

Beat-up paper, runny ink, and crusty surfaces aren’t so prevalent now that preliminary studies can be more efficiently made on the computer and final images crafted without getting one’s hands too dirty or wasting paint. Steve Greene knows that but doesn’t care. Show More Summary

Invitation: A Symposium on Contemporary Painting

Contributed by Sharon Butler / On Friday, September 15, the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Maine College of Art in Portland is hosting a symposium in conjunction with  “American Genre: Contemporary Painting,” a sprawling exhibition...Show More Summary

Nova Scotia Plein Air Painting Retreat: Part 2

Back Bay, Chester9x12 oil by Michael Chesley JohnsonAvailable [For Nova Scotia Plein Air Painting Retreat Part 1, click here.] Tuesday we headed in the other direction, to Terence Bay. Terence Bay is the site of another tragedy. In 1873, the SS Atlantic wrecked with a loss of 560 souls out of about 990 passengers. Show More Summary

Nova Scotia Plein Air Painting Retreat: Part 1

Peggy's Cove, Afternoon9x12 Oil by Michael Chesley JohnsonAvailable Most landscape painters in the eastern US and Canada have heard of Peggy’s Cove. Much like Monhegan Island and Cape Ann, this little village is legendary among artists. Show More Summary

Up in Hudson with Suzanne Joelson

Contributed by Suzanne Joelson / In Hudson, New York, among the soap shops and home furnishings boutiques are a few galleries where painting thrives, notably John Davis, Jeff Bailey, September, and Galerie Gris. The oldest of the group, John Davis, has shown notable painters like Amenoff, Bradford, and Brickhouse and is first on my list. Show More Summary

Andrea Belag: Making changes

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Andrea Belag is best known for making dark, stormy abstractions in which fat, translucent brushstrokes swoop and twist around large-scale canvases. In her solo at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, on view through October 15, the new paintings seem to have a sunnier disposition. Show More Summary

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