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2015 Calendar Available! | Holiday Painting Sale is On! November/December 2014Sedona, ArizonaThe last time I wrote, we were en route from Campobello Island to Arizona. Now, we've been in Arizona for just over a month, but what a jam-packed month it's been! Here are some highlights: As soon as we arrived, I launched into the Sedona Plein Air Festival. Show More Summary

Less Expensive than a Meal for Two

Monument 6x8 w/c Looking for that perfect gift for yourself or a friend? Look no further! You can purchase an original work of art for less than a meal for two at a fine restaurant. I'm pricing each item for only $50, no matter what the size. Show More Summary

The 2015 Michael Chesley Johnson Calendar is Ready!

With my busy schedule each fall, every year I wonder if I'll be able to squeeze in a wall calendar. This year, it almost didn't happen, but people started asking. When people ask, I do. And as always, the process of selecting images was quite enjoyable. Show More Summary

Installation view: Paintings from Paris

In his final show at 681 Washington Street in the West Village, Peter Makebish has curated "Paintings from Paris," an eclectic, salon-style, group show of work he loves. The work in the show is wide ranging, from the geometric abstraction of Peter Demos, Teri Hackett and Alika Herreshoff to the oozing materiality of Kim Dorland and Randy Wray. Show More Summary

Video Interview in the Studios of Artists Network TV

In case you missed it, here is a short video interview with me that was shot while I was at the studios of Artists Network TV recently: --- Michael Chesley Johnson, PSA MPAC PSNM

November 18: Andrew Ginzel's list of NYC shows and events

SOME but not all NYC SELECTED SHOWS TO SEE / November 18, 2014  / 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: Stuart Shils @ Steven Harvey Fine Art Project] Click for full story / links

Snaps: A visit to Maine College of Art

  Readers may have noticed that posting slowed down a little last week. I spent a few days up at the Maine College of Art (known as MECA) in Portland, where I gave a  presentation about my work and enjoyed visiting studios of talented graduate and undergraduate students. Show More Summary

News from Philadelphia: Libby Rosof to step back from daily operations at The Art Blog

I received word via email yesterday that Libby Rosof, one of the founding publishers of Philadelphia-based The Art Blog, has retired from daily operations. Rosof and Roberta Fallon started The Art Blog in 2003, four years before I started...Show More Summary

New Paintings for Kolb Studio, Grand Canyon National Park

I've just delivered ten paintings to the gallery at the historic Kolb Studio at Grand Canyon National Park. As you may recall, the exhibition from the September "Celebration of Art" (the Grand Canyon Plein Air Festival) will run until mid-February. Show More Summary

Chauvinism among Painters

Coffee Pot Ridge 9x12 oil - Available Painters in one medium can learn a lot from painters in a different medium. For example, in my workshops, where I demonstrate in both pastel and oil, I encourage pastel painters to watch the oil demo, and the oil painters to watch the pastel demo. Show More Summary

My Paintings from Albert Handell Mentoring Workshop

Although Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) has ended, you can still finda few artifacts here and there in Sedona. I'm especially amused by the fellow on the right.This has little to do with the workshop, other than I found them in the Tlaquepaque Arts & CraftsVillage while looking for a painting spot. Show More Summary

Albert Handell Mentoring Workshop - Wrap-Up

Sunset Over Sedona I just finished up an intensely wonderful painting workshop with master painter Albert Handell. Normally when in a workshop, I faithfully blog each day so you can have an idea of what the day is like. This week, however, it was all I could do to keep up with Albert. Show More Summary

Quick study

A Friday reading round-up that includes Art Forum on Mira Dancy and Sarah Peters, ArtNews on the Independent, Roberta Smith on Sharon Horvath, Martha Schwendener on Chris Martin, Raphael Rubinstein on Howardena Pindell, Jillian Steinhauer...Show More Summary

Albert Handell Mentoring Workshop: Mid-Term Report

The Saturday before the workshop began, we scoped out painting locations. As I write, I'm in the middle of a mentoring program for painters with Albert Handell. He's in Sedona this week, and I'm serving as workshop coordinator. Albert has us reporting at 8:30 each morning either to the studio or on-location, where we work until noon. Show More Summary

Stay home and work: PAFA introduces a new low residency MFA program

For artists interested in getting an MFA but have circumstances that prevent them from applying to a traditional two-year MFA program, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts is initiating a 26-month low residency program. Organizer Astrid...Show More Summary

The James Kalm Report: Painting in Bushwick

"As a longtime practitioner of painting, James Kalm has seen its fortunes rise and fall with the seasons. No sooner than it’s pronounced dead than, some new iteration manifests and the whole debate begins again. Trends like "Zombie Formalism",...Show More Summary

Erin Wiersma: What’s left of our lives

What is a line? In poetry, a line is a group of words assembled in a phrase that may or may not have a traditional sentence structure and punctuation. In tenth-grade geometry, we learn that a line is a path between two points. For Erin...Show More Summary

Studio update: Two Trees Cultural Space Subsidy Program

I'll be working in Long Island City for the next few months and then heading back to DUMBO, where I've been invited to participate in the Two Trees Cultural Space Subsidy Program. Two Trees, a major real estate developer in DUMBO, announced...Show More Summary

Study visit: Tim McFarlane

Tim McFarlane's studio, located in the gallery section of Philadelphia on North 3rd Street, is chock full of new paintings. Represented for many years by Bridgette Mayer, MacFarlane, nearly 50, is best known for colorful, looping abstract forms. Show More Summary

In retrospect: Nick Cave

Guest contributor / Two Coats Intern Betty Lou Starnes / In his current exhibition "Made for Whites by Whites" at Jack Shainman Gallery, Nick Cave applies his keen eye for color to items some might rather have erased from the United States' tainted racial history. Show More Summary

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