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Review: Multimedia Artboard

Arroyo 8x10 pastel by Michael Chesley JohnsonPastels Girault on Multimedia Artboard Pastel Panel Detail of above You can see the texture of the pastel panel Every once in awhile, a maker of art materials asks me to review a product. For me, this is very enjoyable because I get to try something new and learn a little. Show More Summary

How I Judge a Show

Some of the paintings I juried into and then judged at theNortheast Pastel Society's exhibition in 2015. I want to expand on my last post, "Painting in the Spirit of Plein Air." A question I am often asked is, How do I judge a show?There are two things that happen before awards are given. Show More Summary

Lynne Harlow: Color and light

Lynne Harlow's elegant and evocative show at Minus Space is a meditation on the inextricable relationship between color and light. In the ten works on display, Harlow explores pale pink. This is not the generic pastel pink of children's...Show More Summary

Interview: Crystal "Kitty" Shimski with Dennis Kardon

Guest contributor Crystal "Kitty" Shimski, widely regarded in the art community as a freelance Intuitive Technique Specialist and part-time Trance Inducer. Kitty usually contributes our Horoscopes, but this month she has submitted an interview with Dennis Kardon, on the occasion of his solo exhibition at Valentine. Show More Summary

Report: Women Art Critics in the Age of the Internet / Open Studio with Peter Scherrer

On Wednesday evening at Ceres Gallery, I participated in a panel discussion with Jill Conner (art critic, founder of, Amy Lipton (curator, arts writer, co-director, and Kara Rooney (managing...Show More Summary

Interview: Medrie MacPhee in Ridgewood

Medrie MacPhee's pensively beautiful paintings first came to my attention at the 2015 American Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational Exhibit. The paintings she had in the show, abstract with architectural references, featured deconstructed pieces of clothing subtly collaged onto the surfaces. Show More Summary

INVITATIONS: Women Art Critics in the Age of the Internet / Open Studio with Peter Scherrer

Please join me in Chelsea tonight at Ceres Gallery, along with Jill Conner (art critic, founder of, Amy Lipton (curator, arts writer, co-director, and Kara Rooney (managing art editor ofShow More Summary

Define: "Painting in the Spirit of Plein Air"

2014 Grand Canyon Celebration of ArtInvitational Plein Air Painting EventOpening Night When I jury artwork into an exhibition, I'm always given guidelines by the show committee. Besides what you might expect, such as evaluating design, color use and skill, I may be asked to consider other factors. Show More Summary

Demonstration at L'Auberge de Sedona for Goldenstein Gallery

Painting at L'Auberge de Sedona If you're in the area this Sunday, I invite you to come to L'Auberge de Sedona along the banks of Oak Creek to watch me paint. As one of Goldenstein Gallery's artists, I am participating in its Artist-in-Residence program there. Show More Summary

Art on paper – and in practice

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Like VOLTA, the Art on Paper fair on Pier 36 was a modestly gauged and user-friendly alternative to the massive and unwieldy Armory Fair. It also presented consistently rich work from a geographically and stylistically broad range of galleries. Show More Summary

Isa Genzken: Framing and referencing empty space

“I do not want to take away space with my sculptures. I add space.” --Isa Genzken Guest Contributor Peter Dudek / Isa Genzken’s sculpture Two Orchids (image at top) was recently installed at the entrance to Central Park on the corner of 60th Street and Fifth Avenue. Show More Summary

Caroline Welles Chandler and the in-between

Guest Contributor Loren Britton / First of all, where are we? Am I dreaming? Do swimmers swim underwater and I am looking at them in an aquarium, where they cascade like a school of fish over head? And their skin, are they human? How...Show More Summary

Plein Air Painting Workshops Downeast Maine (Lubec)

For many summers, I've taught plein air painting workshops on Campobello Island in New Brunswick, Canada. However, if you're from the U.S., this requires a passport. Unhappily, each year I hear from painters who'd love to study withShow More Summary

Justine Frischmann at VOLTA (and everything else)

Justine Frischmann, whose elegant new paintings on aluminum can be found in a solo exhibition at George Lawson's area, was spotted with her Two Coats of Paint tote bag at VOLTA this week. According to the VOLTA press release I received...Show More Summary

Decades in the Making Opening at Goldenstein Gallery

Goldenstein Gallery Artists(Photo: Goldenstein Gallery) Please join me this Friday, March 4, 2016, at Goldenstein Gallery for the opening of "Decades in the Making" from 5-8 p.m. as part of Sedona's monthly First Friday art walk.Many of the artists, pictured above, have been making art for literally decades--hence the name of the show. Show More Summary

Schedule: Summer plans

Here are two programs readers who are interested in taking a course with me or applying for a mentored NYC residency this summer might consider. I'll be mentoring for the Studio Practice Residency at the Association of Independent Colleges...Show More Summary

Time Lapse Painting

Recently, we purchased a little video camera to have fun with. It's a GeekPro 3, a knock-off of the better-known (and more expensive) GoPro Hero 3. The camera has, among other things, a chest mount, which I used for the above video.Show More Summary

Chelsea Picks, 17th to 25th Streets

If you have a couple of hours to see some painting exhibitions in New York, but you can't bear going to the art fairs, here are a few notable shows to check out in Chelsea. And in case you can't make it IRL, links to the exhibition websites are provided. [Image at top: Press releases strewn on the studio floor. I make drawings on them.] Click for full story / links

2016 Spring/Break Art Show Quiz

Spring/Break Art Show is best known for installations resembling teenage bedrooms (fake pink fur, glitter, etc.), dimly lit rooms with video projections, loads of kitsch, and at least one big sculpture with moving parts, but plenty of paintings line the walls this year. Show More Summary

March Newsletter from Michael Chesley Johnson

Afternoon at Otter Cliff 12x24 oil by Michael Chesley JohnsonAvailable! March 2016Sedona, ArizonaSpring is still a few weeks away, but here in Sedona we've been enjoying springtime weather for over a month. Everyone's saying spring has come early this year. Show More Summary

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