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Plein Air Sketch to Studio: Revisted

"Quiet Cove" 12x16 oil - Sold For me, painting on-location is very straightforward. You go out, pick something to paint, and then you paint it. Simple. But taking that sketch to the studio and creating Art out of it, well, that is a different matter. Show More Summary

Last chance: Summer shows in Hudson and Beacon

Continuing my roadtrip north of the city, I headed west from the Berkshires to Hudson and Beacon, two more towns that have absorbed many exhausted Brooklyn artists who have decided to join art communities elsewhere. In Hudson, John Davis has notably expressive solo painting shows by Matt Blackwell, Judith Simonian, Kathy Osborn, and Angela Dufresne. Show More Summary

Outside the city: Great Barrington

  Last week I took a couple days off and drove up to Massachusetts. In Sheffield, I stopped by the Colonial Farm to catch up with with Brece Honeycutt, then took in two excellent shows in Great Barrington, the next town over, at Susan...Show More Summary

Studio visit: Ej Hauser

One of the best things about spending summer in the city is having more time for studio visits and exchanges with other artists. Recently I stopped by EJ Hauser's spacious studio in Sunset Park to check out her new work. Hauser was the...Show More Summary

Upcoming Introduction to Pastel Class in November

I don't teach my Introduction to Pastel workshop very often, but I have scheduled a three-Saturday workshop for November 15, November 22, and December 13 in Sedona, Arizona, at Gandolfo Studios. If you are in the Sedona or Verde Valley...Show More Summary

North Adams news

Peter Dudek is moving from his longtime Pittsfield studio to a cavernous Beaver Mill space in North Adams, where space is cheap. But before he goes, he's having a big open studio on Saturday, August 30, from 12-5pm. Stop by 2 Fenn Street, second floor, Pittsfield, MA, and say hello. Show More Summary

Choosing the Right Dimensions for your Painting

Some Common Painting Sizes and Their Proportions(Please excuse the hand-crafted artisanal chart; I realized that neither my Photoshop nor Excel skills are good enough to create the chart through software. Sometimes the low-tech way is...Show More Summary

New Exhibition Space for Artists - Google Open Gallery

Recently, I was invited by Google to be a test user of Google Open Gallery. (Along with probably a million other people!) Google has taken its Cultural Institute platform, which it's been using to present high-resolution images of museum collections, and tweaked it for individual artists to use. Show More Summary

Painting in Public Places and the Dangers Thereof

A Quiet Painting Spot("Kindred Spirits" by Asher Durand, depicting Thomas Cole and William Cullen Bryant)) A reader writes: "I am shy about painting outside such as at the public park because of people stopping and asking questions on what I am doing. Show More Summary

Quoddy Artists Studio Tour 2014

Nine professional artists around the Passamaquoddy Bay area will open their studios to the public Saturday, August 23, from 9-4 local time. Artists will give demonstrations or informal, educational talks as well as offer the opportunity to purchase works. Show More Summary

Inspired by fiction: Recurrence at Fridman

"In this world where every object was thrown away at the slightest sign of breakage or aging, at the first dent or stain, and replaced with a new and perfect substitute, there was just one false note, one shadow: the moon. It wandered...Show More Summary

ON FILM: Hedge priest as anachronistic hero

Guest contributor Jonathan Stevenson / John Michael McDonagh’s blackly satirical film Calvary, set in rural County Sligo in northwest Ireland, doesn’t lack ambition: it tackles the creeping nihilism of the twenty-first century. The scene...Show More Summary

New Locations for Plein Air Painting in the Paint Sedona Program!

Although it is only mid-August, time is flying. I'm already looking forward to another season in Sedona and to my Paint Sedona plein air painting workshops. For the 2014/2015 season, I've located a number of new painting spots. If you've...Show More Summary

Why I'm Not in Many Galleries

Once people learn I'm a painter, the inevitable question is: "What galleries are you in?" I often feel that my answer will validate - or invalidate - me as a professional.To be honest, I'm in only two galleries today, both of them artist-run. Show More Summary

Book Available: Fifty Paintings

Today, August 9th, 2014, is the official celebration day for the 50th anniversary of the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park. Everyone who enjoys the Park should thank those who donated the Roosevelt Cottage and its 2,600 acres of natural beauty to the people of the US and Canada. Show More Summary

Steve Turner Gallery responds to the post about Jonas Lund's Flip City

I had an idea after posting the "Flip City" update on Tuesday to buy one of Jonas Lund's paintings and put it up for auction. Why, I wondered, shouldn't artists get in on the action? As my dear father Dudley used to say: buy low, sell high. Click for full story / links

Starting Sweet 16

Now that Collateral Damage is set aside to dry, Game Over is nearly done, and the rabbit is coming along nicely, I started the Sweet 16 painting. Spent Monday adding a dove to the original composition and mixing paint. Today I started painting, beginning with the target, then the shadow, and finally the birch-grained background. […]

Update: Jonas Lund and Flip City

  Remember "Flip City," Jonas Lund's June solo exhibition at Steve Turner in LA that featured a series of process-based abstract paintings created as flip bait for speculator-collectors? [Image at top: Flip City 18, 2014, digital painting on canvas, gel medium and GPS tracker, 50 x 40 inches.] Click for full story / links

Road Trip Report: Miramichi and St Andrews, New Brunswick

Ritchie Wharf, Miramichi NB I apologize for my long absence since the Castine Plein Air Festival, but I have been on the road, teaching workshops. If you're not from New Brunswick, Canada, you may not have heard of Miramichi. It is about two hours north of the provincial capital of Fredericton. Show More Summary

New Image Painters challenge Zombie Formalists

Galleries are trying to spread the news: dour Zombie Formalism is out; pop-inflected, often casualist, representational imagery is in. This summer Jesse Greenberg and MacGregor Harp of Brooklyn's 247365 organized "Don't Look Now" atShow More Summary

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