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Master Pastel Artist Doug Dawson Coming to Lubec, Maine

Doug Dawson Master pastel artist Doug Dawson will be giving a mentoring workshop August 24-28, 2015, in Lubec, Maine. Doug has been to the area several times before, and each time, he's had something new and wonderful to offer. If you haven't worked with Doug before, he is a very generous instructor, and it's always a treat to work with him. Show More Summary

On Kawara: Carpe Diem

Little about On Kawara’s life is evident from looking at his work. Much of his exhibition at the Guggenheim consists of compilations of journal-like data, which unfold like life itself – one day at a time.[Image at top: "On Kawara—Silence" at the Guggenheim. Show More Summary

Scotland Painting Retreat Nearly Filled!

Stirling Castle, one of our destinations As some of you may know, I have scheduled a painting retreat to Scotland June 12-18, 2016. Good news! This retreat is nearly filled with only three spots left, so if you are interested, read on!The...Show More Summary

Cadmium yellow, Indian yellow, ocher

Roughed in the cartoon poster, messed around with the edges of the frame, deepened the shadows and woodgrain on the right hand shelf, added some complexity to the variation of cad yellow light, Indian yellow and ocher, on the yellow case. Doing the cartoon poster was a push-pull between the background and the drawing. A […]

Keys and Paper

After weeks of more time spent planning my trip than painting, I got back in front of the easel and it felt so good. Last time I pushed this along, it was all about the background. Today I worked on the keys and the stack of papers on the left. Last week worked on the […]

The Asymmetric Armory Show

Guest contributor Jonathan Stevenson / The Modern section of the Armory Show was like an unruly museum-quality exhibition, showcasing one anointed (and usually dead) artist after another, but in no particular order. If that dispensation...Show More Summary

Embarking on a Big Painting: The Finish

"Waterfall" 36x36 oil/canvasFinal State In a recent post, I wrote about starting a large studio painting based on a variety of reference material. The painting is now complete, and it's taken me six days to paint it. First, I arranged all my reference material, as you see here. Show More Summary

Alien terrain at Storefront Ten Eyck

Guest contributor Peggy Cyphers / “New Narratives,” a large group show of recent representational painting at Storefront Ten Eyck, includes KK Kozik’s Orion’s Belt, an image of a traditional farmhouse, covered in snow and illuminated by a deliciously starry blue-black sky. Show More Summary

What is a Landscape Painting?

A painting of Mont Sainte-Victoire by Cezanne. Is this a landscape painting? I recently heard from a student who told me about a painting workshop she'd taken from an artist friend of mine. The workshop topic was the landscape. At one...Show More Summary

March 17: Andrew Ginzel's list/ St. Patrick's Day Edition

SOME but not all NYC SELECTED SHOWS TO SEE / March 17, 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 at top: John Junek, Leprechaun Painter, 2012, digital painting, 16 x 20 inches. Show More Summary

Embarking on a Big Painting

For me, a big painting is anything over 12x16. This week, I'm starting one that is 36x36. Just getting the canvas toned and up on the easel is a project! I had to use the largest brush I have to tone it. Then, because I needed the workbench for another task, I had to move the canvas to the carport to get it out of the way. Show More Summary

Political violence and abstraction: Suzanne McClelland

Recalling Warhol’s 13 Most Wanted Men project, which debuted controversially at the 1964 World’s Fair, Suzanne McClelland in “Call With Information,” her latest show at Team Gallery continues her series about a kindred subject: Americans citizens wanted by the government for domestic terrorism. Show More Summary

Encounter: Painter, Teacher and Author Sean Dye

Sean Dye at work Last week, I had a treat. I spent a few days painting with painter, teacher and author Sean Dye, who had come from Vermont to take a workshop with me. Sean is an accomplished painter, so for me, it was indeed an honor to have him as a student. Show More Summary

Suggestions for Plein Air Painting Festival Organizers

At the Opening Reception for the 2014 Grand Canyon Celebration of Art To go along with my post on Etiquette for Artists at Plein Air Painting Festivals, which was directed at the artists, I thought it only fair to offer suggestions to the organizers of these events, too. Show More Summary

Channel surfing with Tomas Vu

I was watching House of Cards last night, Season 3, Episode 3--the one in which the coarse and cagey Russian President Petrov makes a state visit to the White House. At one point (spoiler alert), before his relationship with the Underwoods...Show More Summary

Etiquettte for Artists at Plein Air Painting Festivals

2014 Sedona Plein Air Festival I've participated in many plein air painting festivals over the years. Now with the plein air painting season nearly upon us, I have some thoughts on these festivals and how artists should behave. Some of the participants, especially some of the newer ones, might improve their manners. Show More Summary

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

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