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Road Trip: Chiricahua National Monument

Hoodoos, columns, pinnacles and more This past weekend, I had the opportunity to travel with Trina on a Sedona Camera Club outing to Chiricahua National Monument. We both needed a break between setting up our winter home studio and teaching workshops, so this was the perfect adventure. Show More Summary

Of Latino descent: “Radical Women” in LA

Contributed by Katarina Wong / The Getty recently launched Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a highly ambitious and rewarding initiative that explores Latin American and Latino art “in dialogue” with the city itself. More than 70 art institutions are participating, each offering their own take on the topic. Show More Summary

Elizabeth Murray’s magnificent tensions

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Elizabeth Murray (1940–2007) was one of art’s gloriously purposeful paradoxes. Her work is irrepressibly bold yet insistently nuanced; liberated in spirit though domestically grounded in everyday objects;...Show More Summary

Didier William: The unblinking eye

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Stopping by Didier William’s studio in Philadelphia recently, I was surprised and impressed to find that his colorful abstract paintings had taken a darker, more figurative turn. Born in Haiti in 1983 and raised in the United States, William told me that since the Trayvon Martin killing, he has felt … read more... Show More Summary

Product Review: Travel Painter Art Box

The Travel Painter Art Box I always enjoy reviewing new products for the outdoor painter. It's an opportunity to try something new, perhaps help the maker improve the product—and get out in the field to paint! This time around, I'm reviewing a new paint box from Russia. Show More Summary

A three-hour tour: Selected Bushwick galleries

As some readers may remember, I went to the University of Connecticut for my MFA degree, and until last year, I taught an MFA seminar up in Storrs. These days my schedule doesn’t allow taking those beautiful foliage tours up to Storrs each week, so I invited the first- and second-year students for an afternoon tour of galleries … read more... Show More Summary

Paint the Grand Canyon with Me! October 24-27, 2018

Mohave Point Morning, 18x12 Oil by Michael Chesley JohnsonPrivate Collection Have you ever perched on the edge of the Grand Canyon to gaze at its unfathomable vastness and wondered how you might paint it? No doubt you were overwhelmed by that awesome expanse of beauty. Show More Summary

Post-Workshop Report: Doug Dawson in Sedona, Arizona

Now and then, I like to sponsor a master artist to teach a workshop. This week, Doug Dawson came to town. He's taught workshops for me in Lubec, Maine, and Campobello Island, New Brunswick, but this was his first time in Sedona. Eager to show him the sights, we went late into the evenings, scoping out locations for the next day. Show More Summary

Ideas and Influences: Björn Meyer-Ebrecht

In his second solo show at Matteawan Gallery, on view through Sunday, November 5, Brooklyn artist Björn Meyer-Ebrecht (b. Hamburg, Germany) presents abstract drawings and a site-specific installation that expand his ongoing interest in the basic elements of architecture. Show More Summary

Art and Film: Ruben Östlund’s bloated indignation

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / The art world and the bourgeoisie are taking a cinematic beating this year. Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) mercilessly exposes the resentments of has-been art stars, andShow More Summary

Your November Horoscope! by Crystal “Kitty” Shimski

Transcribed by guest contributor Jennifer Coates / Kitty divides her time between New York City and Montauk. She is a freelance Intuitive Technique Specialist and part-time Trance Inducer. She was recently certified in Trauma Re-alignment...Show More Summary

Fernanda Fragateiro: Commemorative abstraction

Contributed by Marjorie Welish / The clearest innovation of Portuguese artist Fernanda Fragateiro’s poignant exhibition, on view at Josée Bienvenu through November 4, is the enlistment of industrial design to draw attention to women’s contributions to the arts. Show More Summary

To Blend or Not to Blend--That is the Question

Blending Swatches(Pastels are Cretacolor; paper is Art Spectrum)A = Two colors (blue, orange) feathered over each otherB = Same, but then blended with a finger protected by a finger cotC = Blended with the pinky nailD = Blended withShow More Summary

Ideas and Influences: Erika Ranee

Several years ago, Two Coats of Paint encountered Erika Ranee’s paintings during an open studio event at the Marie Sharpe Walsh Foundation. Soaked with vibrant color, her large-scale abstractions were exuberant conglomerations of snippets culled from the overlooked details of everyday life. Show More Summary

A New Version: Changing Things Up

Now and then, I have the opportunity to make a studio “copy” of a painting I did in the field. I put “copy” in quotes, because I never try to make an accurate copy. Instead, I create a brand-new piece that's based on the first one—and I take liberties with it to keep things interesting. Show More Summary

Invitation: Print project in Bushwick this weekend

Drawing has become an increasingly important part of my art practice, and this weekend, four etching editions produced during a stimulating residency at Counterproof Press (located on the campus of the University of Connecticut at Storrs) will be on display in “Editions+Friends,” a collaborative project organized by Theodore:Art in Bushwick. Show More Summary

Dragged paintings: ?Studio visit with?? Margie ??Livingston

Contributed by Debbi Kenote / Staring at a large pin board in Margie Livingston’s Seattle studio, artist Til Will and I observe a collage of quotes, photos and notes. In the top corner there is a photo of a woman dragging a canvas. One word stands out from the notes: shame. Show More Summary

2017 Holiday Sale! Paintings, Paintings, Paintings!

Fifteen Paintings! Every year about this time, I like to offer some of my smaller paintings at a special holiday price. It’s an opportunity for you to acquire some nice pieces as gifts for yourself or for friends. These 15 oil paintings...Show More Summary

Sahana Ramakrishnan, Atlas Discussion #179

Contributed by Jeff Bergman / I find myself absorbed in detail and affected by the stories that unfold in Sahana Ramakrishnan‘s exotic imagery. Ramakrishnan’s work, on view at Field Projects through October 28,  embraces sculpture, painting,...Show More Summary

Art and Film: Noah Baumbach’s New York state of mind

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) is arguably Noah Baumbach’s best movie since The Squid and the Whale, and seems sure to advance his putative destiny of becoming Woody Allen’s successor as the ranking cinematic chronicler of the artily exasperating New York state of mind. Show More Summary

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