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Jacob Kassay: Familiarity superseding reflection?

Contributed by Sharon Butler/ In “H-L,” Jacob Kassay’s second solo show at 303 Gallery, the artist has left behind the silver-covered canvases for which he is best known. In the new work, he contemplates space, introducing white aluminum...Show More Summary

Of note: Eric Brown, Suchness

Eric Brown, co-director of Tibor De Nagy Gallery, has been a secret painter for years, and this month he had his first NYC solo show at CRUSH Curatorial in Chelsea. We’ve shown together  at Theodore:Art in Bushwick several times, and I’ve always loved his matt surfaces, rich color relationships, and endearingly hand-drawn geometric shapes. Show More Summary

Thoughts on Artist Web Sites

I'd rather be doing this than building web sites. Wouldn't you? The title of this blog post may have you thinking that I am offering my thoughts on web sites for artists. But actually, I'm asking for your input. My own web site (www.MichaelChesleyJohnson.com) has been up and running for about 15 years. Show More Summary

Paint Sedona Adding Studio Workshops

I don't know about you, but it seems like everyone's painting en plein air these days. And now there are plein air conventions, plein air magazines, plein air festivals and plein air competitions. This might be a good thing, but many of us who paint en plein air exclusively are forgetting that the studio is where creative synthesis happens. Show More Summary

Thank you, Shirley

The following text is Raphael Rubinstein‘s moving remembrance of  Shirley Jaffe, which he read during the October memorial service for Jaffe at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The images are courtesy of Tibor de Nagy, Jaffe’s NYC gallery. Show More Summary

Artists under duress: Max Beckmann

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Esteemed in Germany during the Weimar Republic but branded a “degenerate artist” by the anti-modern Adolf Hitler, the great expressionist painter Max Beckmann fled Nazi Germany to Amsterdam and continued to paint. Show More Summary

Zach Seeger’s surveillance

I asked Zach Seeger, artist and co-director of This Friday Or Next Friday, a small gallery space in DUMBO, why he paints eyes. “I began painting the eye paintings following a series of collages that were inspired by the threat (real or imagined) of an all formatting eye: the eye of surveillance which serves as omnipresent … read more... "Zach Seeger’s surveillance"

Our Year-End Fundraising Drive: How you can help

Two Coats of Paint began publishing in 2007, and this past year we saw tremendous growth thanks to tax-deductible contributions from more than 200 readers, support from new advertisers, and a generous follow-up grant from the Creative...Show More Summary

Quote: Kerry James Marshall

“I don’t believe in hope,” Kerry James Marshall said in a recent interview with Wyatt Mason in the NYTimes. “I believe in action. If I’m an apostle of anything: There are always going to be complications, but to a large degree, everything...Show More Summary

2016 Holiday Sale!

Every year about this time, I go through my studio inventory and try to pick out a few, select paintings that I want to offer at a special price for my loyal followers. This year, I have both oil and pastel paintings, going anywhere from $120 up to $200. Show More Summary

Reading David Salle

Contributed by Rob Kaiser-Schlatzlein / David Salle, in the 1980s an enfant terrible of painting, has published How to See, a collection of essays on art and artists written over the course of some thirty years. While many people do not know Salle as a writer, recently he has had a regular column in Town and Country and has … read more... "Reading David Salle"

Albert Handell Mentoring Workshop Wrap-Up

High Desert Juniper 12x18 pastel by Michael Chesley Johnson "I've always dreamed of coming to Sedona's Red Rock Country and working under a master painter like Albert Handell," one participant said. For six days, she and 15 other participants enjoyed a rigorous but extremely satisfying schedule of demonstrations, painting time and evening critiques. Show More Summary

After Donald Trump’s victory, a struggle ahead

After a shocking upset in the presidential election, David Remnick writes in the New Yorker that the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism. Show More Summary

Gentrification: Congressional District party makeovers?

The House of Representatives has 435 seats from the 50 states. Currently, 246 seats are held by Republicans, 186 are held by Democrats, and three seats are vacant. In order to get a majority, the Democrats would have to gain 31 seats. Show More Summary

Secret Mountain Wilderness 12x36 oil/canvas

Secret Mountain Wilderness 12x36 oil/canvasby Michael Chesley Johnson(Final state) Recently, I've embarked on painting larger pictures. As much as I like being outdoors, I am creating these pieces in my studio. The studio affords more time, coffee and a little music, all conducive to working out problems that can't be dealt with in the field. Show More Summary

Studio visit: John Zinsser

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Two Coats of Paint recently stopped in at John Zinsser‘s sunny Greenpoint studio. Zinsser moved to New York in the ’80s and has been making mostly-monochromatic, rule-based abstract paintings ever since. Show More Summary

Agnes Martin: A resolutely solitary endeavor

Running late, I arrived at the press preview for the Agnes Martin retrospective long after all of the other critics and journalists had left. My inefficiency turned out to be a bonus. I had the place to myself, and walking alone up the Guggenheim spiral and following the unwinding of Agnes Martin’s life in art … read more... "Agnes Martin: A resolutely solitary endeavor"

Master Class: Depth

Plateau Point View6x8 oil by Michael Chesley JohnsonHow far can you see? One of the biggest failings I see in landscape paintings is a lack of depth. Many instructors teach you to abstract (or flatten) the landscape as an aid for transferring your subject to the two-dimensional surface of your canvas. Show More Summary

Paintout in Sedona - and About Paint Sedona Plein Air Painting Workshops

Almost There8x16 oil by Michael Chesley Johnson - Available Most plein air painters, I think, immerse themselves in solitude when they hike out into the landscape. That's part of why we're out there -- the solitude. But there are times when you might want a more social experience. Show More Summary

Michael Ottersen: Logic and intuition

Contributed by Erin Langner / When I walked into Season last week, I almost stepped on Summer Reading, a painting by Michael Ottersen. To be fair, the painting was on the floor. At 18 x 21.5 inches, it was also around the size of a doormat. But, the tilted, pink line that slices through the … read more... "Michael Ottersen: Logic and intuition"

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