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Paintings for Acadia Inviational III at Argosy Gallery, Bar Harbor, Maine

As I mentioned in my last newsletter, I took some time off from teaching workshops this winter to work on a few special projects. One of these projects was painting for the upcoming Acadia Invitational III exhibit. It's a little strange,...Show More Summary

Quick study

Painting in the 1980s and the Raymond Petition exhibitions, distracted by politics, Mira School on I Am Not Your Negro, an Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, opioid recovery programs and Obamacare. This week “Fast Forward: Painting in the 1980s” opened at the Whitney Museum. Show More Summary

Katarina Grosse:

When I first saw Katharina Grosse’s paintings at Gagosian, my reaction was that they were too big, and that the surfaces were too flat–that they looked better on the computer screen than they did at the gallery. Berlin-based Grosse (b. 1961,...Show More Summary

Snow day reading

Stack of reading: Two issues of Shifter (edited by Sreshta Rit Premnath and Avi Alpert); exhibition catalogues from Claude Tétot, Frédérique Lucien, Corinne Laroche; Pin the Tail on the Tiger–a Norte Maar publication featuring a collaboration...Show More Summary

Marina Adams: Radically soft and optimistic

Contributed by by Danielle Wu / Given the influx of politically oriented exhibitions lately, “Soft Power,” Marina Adams’s solo at Salon 94 offers an ethereal mind space that provides relief from all the strain and strife. Wavy blocks of bright color, from lemony yellows to saltwater blues, nest together, embracing each other’s outlines. Show More Summary

February 2017 Newsletter from Michael Chesley Johnson

"Acadian Summer" 12x24 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson Available through Argosy Gallery in Bar Harbor, Maine, As Part of Acadian Invitational III, July 2017-October 2018 February 2017 Sedona, Arizona Here in Arizona, winter draws to a close. Show More Summary

In retrospect: Post-truth with David Brody and Elliot Green

Contributed by Luisa Caldwell and Matt Freedman / Back in December, the uncanny pushed its way into the room of exquisite landscape paintings by David Brody and Elliot Green. Uncanny, as in familiar but incongruous, has become attached...Show More Summary

Quick study

The-world-is-falling-apart edition. MOMA protests Trump’s refuge ban, Dore Ashton has died, AFC offers to help to artists affected by Trump’s executive orders, movies about politics, NEA budget, Stock Club update, Welish on Dan Walsh, Tatiana Berg and Mexico City, and more. Show More Summary

Fly in the Ointment, Gnats in the Painting

"The Watchman" 12x9 oil But first: If you haven't taken my workshop survey, please do! It'll only take a moment and is completely anonymous. Here is the survey:, on to today's topic.A few years ago, I took a painting trip to Zion National Park in Utah. Show More Summary

Image Transfer to Make the Drawing Easier: The Schooner Margaret Todd

The Schooner Margaret Todd12x16 oilWill be Available Starting July 1, 2017 at Argosy Gallery I like to paint boats. I paint a lot of them at my summer studio in Downeast Maine. They say "practice makes perfect," but where boats are concerned,...Show More Summary

History: Artist-run galleries in NYC in the 1950s and 1960s

At artist-run galleries, the conversation centers on art rather than commerce. Alternative spaces provide a place for unknown and under-recognized artists to mount exhibitions, for curators to organize their first thematic shows, and for...Show More Summary

Ken Weathersby: From sculpture to painting

For his new series of elegant abstract paintings, on view at Minus Space through February 25, Ken Weathersby drew from seasoned images in old art history books. These books feature simple layouts, often two wide columns illustrated with black and white images. Show More Summary

July Plein Air Workshop in Rockland, Maine

Rockland, Maine, is one of my favorite places to visit in Midcoast Maine. Why? It's filled with historic buildings and a lighthouse, offers a beautiful waterfront, and it's close to many great plein air painting spots. What's more, it's...Show More Summary

Invitation: Infrastructure / Thurs Feb 2 @ SEMINAR in DUMBO

Infrastructure: Land, Mind, Country Artists from the Two Coats of Paint Residency Program Opening reception: February 2, First Thursday, at SEMINAR Gallery in DUMBO, 6-9 pm. Two Coats of Paint has the unique privilege of curating anShow More Summary

Christopher Moss: So not funny

Contributed by Matthew Weinstein / I really hope people get to see Chris Moss‘s show at Theodore:Art in Bushwick. I own a painting of his, and I love it. It makes me laugh. It’s hanging by my front door. Its a crazy little square face; a sort of impasto emoji that signifies nothing. It’s like a … read more... "Christopher Moss: So not funny"

Building a New Website, Part 3: How I Did Mine

Condor's Realm 9x12 oil/panelAvailable on my new website! The first thing I needed to was to make sure I had a template that looked good and allowed lots of choices for design. Another requirement was that it worked with an e-commerce plug-in—and that plug-in itselff had to be easy to work with. Show More Summary

Building a New Website, Part 2: Do It Yourself—Or Let the Experts Do It?

Leaping 6x8 oilAnother small painting available on my new website! As I delved into researching the best way to handle an artist's website, I ran into the services that specialized in such. I won't mention any names—they are readily found through an Internet search—but they did seem attractive. Show More Summary

Building a New Website, Part 1: Sometimes It's Just Easier to Start Over

Passing Storm 8x16 oil/panelAvailable on my new website! We've all had the feeling. A house with pipes that drip like a hundred perennial springs; a roof as full of holes as a moth-eaten rug; a foundation so ruinous you could sell chunks of it on the antiquities market. Show More Summary

Drawing portfolio: Tamara Gonzales

In her second solo show at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, Tamara Gonzales presents a colorful series of pencil drawings that conjure Peruvian textiles and embroidery. She first visited Peru in 2013 to see Machu Picchu. “Ever since seeing...Show More Summary

A brief history of food as art

The latest issue of Smithsonian Journeys Travel Quarterly, called the “Atlas of Eating,” features travel articles related to food, such as “How Food Became Religion in Peru’s Capital City” and “The Humble Beginnings of Goulash.” Editor...Show More Summary

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