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IMAGES: John O'Donnell considers mimesis

It's hard to tell if John O'Donnell is serious, and he seems to want it that way. Although known for his outlandish performances and kitschy installations that riff on contemporary art making strategies, in a recent show at The Schumacher...Show More Summary

April 8: Andrew Ginzel's list of NYC shows and events

SOME but not all NYC SELECTED SHOWS TO SEE / March 20, 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.  Rochelle Feinstein @ On Stellar Rays Click for full story / links

Who is teenage Donna? Robert Yoder @ Frosch & Portmann

TEENAGE DONNA, Seattle artist Robert Yoder's latest solo at Frosch & Portmann, opens on Thursday. His new paintings, more dense than previous drawings and paper collages, are rendered on solitary, well-worn canvases, and the press release reads like a page torn from a teenager's long lost diary: Click for full story / links

Stress and the Artist

Taking a hike is a great way to reduce stress. In the bohemian, carefree life of an artist, where's the stress? Well, the fact is, the life of a professional artist is anything but bohemian and carefree. These qualities are quickly dismissed by discipline, which I wrote about in an earlier blog post. Show More Summary

PRINTMAKING: Sylvan Lionni at Kansas

As a resident artist at Counterproof Press at the University of Connecticut this semester, I've begun to notice how many painters incorporate traditional printmaking processes and strategies into their work. Recently we saw Christopher...Show More Summary

Motivation and the Artist

Monet: Train in the Snow In my previous post, I wrote about discipline and the professional artist. If this art business were a train, discipline would be the wheels. But to get that train moving, you need an engine - motivation.If demand for your work is low, it might be hard to stay motivated. Show More Summary

Liam Everett’s unmooring machinations

Guest contributor Jonathan Stevenson / Liam Everett’s large paintings – on display in his show “Montolieu” at On Stellar Rays – are insidiously provocative. At first glance they just look unevenly worn and washed-out, perhaps casualist or aimed to simulate relics that might be found on the walls of an abandoned cathedral or museum. Show More Summary

New art jargon: Overculture

From the press release for William Powhida's second solo show at Postmasters (pictured above):Overculture 1:(noun)1.a small cultural group (artists) within the larger culture, often affirming the beliefs or interests of the ruling class...Show More Summary

Update: Moving day

Readers may remember the old studio updates I used to post from an attic in southeastern Connecticut...? For the past two years, I rented the house to a British couple who have finally returned to England. Now I'm in the process of relocating...Show More Summary

Discipline and the Artist

Do List: You might not be able to read it, but I hope I can! I've interviewed dozens of professional artists over the years. Some love oil, others are pastel diehards; some enjoy the landscape, some prefer the figure; some are denizens of the studio, while others are plein air purists. Show More Summary

Spring Newsletter from Michael Chesley Johnson

A Day in Jerome, 9x12 oil - Available March, 2014Sedona, ArizonaI can't believe it's time to make our cross-country trip yet again! As I get older, time seems to pass terrifyingly faster. Months and days compress to weeks and hours. I understand it's a percentage thing. Show More Summary

Rebecca Morgan: Country girl

After earning an MFA at Pratt, unlike many new grads who set up studios in Brooklyn, Rebecca Morgan returned to central Pennsylvania to paint. Back in Appalachia, where drawing skill and porcelaine figurines are especially cherished,...Show More Summary

Feather by Feather

While the grass blades dry, I painted pheasant feather details, added a layer of paint to the background, and another to parts of the shotgun in Game Over. It’s overwhelming close up, with so much to do to get it where I want it to be, and no certainty that I can do it. Worth […]

Leslie Wayne: Wiped out

In the last few years, much has been made of hybrid paintings that re-purpose canvas and stretcher bars to create sculptural objects. In her solo at Jack Shainman, Leslie Wayne takes a brilliant tangent, presenting small-scale objects made from oil-paint skins that she folds to look like cloths. Click for full story / links

Quick study: Pocket Utopia / Hansel and Gretel Picture Garden merger

At Art Fag City Corinna Kirsch let the cat out of the bag reported that Austin Thomas is closing Pocket Utopia on Henry Street at the end of April and merging with Hansel and Gretel Picture Garden. The idea is to combine artist rosters...Show More Summary

March 20: Andrew Ginzel's list of NYC shows and events

SOME but not all NYC SELECTED SHOWS TO SEE / March 20, 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.  Joanne Greenbaum @ Uffner Click for full story / links

Details, Layered.

Doing the sometimes tedious, sometimes Zen-esque addition of grass blades, seed heads and ground trash, the woodgrain, the trigger. Switched up to refine the edges of letters on the bottle labels. Breaking for lunch.

A Book for the Painter: Techniques of the Artists of the American West

I'm always looking for information on how the artists I respect and admire made their paintings. Books on such a specialized topic are hard to find and not that common to start with. So, imagine my surprise when I found that my local library has one. Show More Summary

ON FILM: Wes Anderson's big picture

Guest Contributor Jonathan Stevenson / Art – especially painting – is an honored cinematic metaphor for culture, particularly as a symbol of civilization under siege. Movies like John Frankenheimer’s somberly gripping The Train (1964)...Show More Summary

Heads and tails: The figure @ Volta

At Volta, the small art fair affiliated with the much larger annual Armory Show, galleries presented a curated exhibition featuring a single artist. I saw an unusual amount of figuration, much of which was highly skilled, bordering on illustration. Show More Summary

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