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Lux: Julian Kreimer

I recently got a note from Julian Kreimer, one of my former colleagues in the dynamic painting program at SUNY Purchase, who is about to complete an artist's residency at Lux Art Institute, a Kunsthalle-type institution outside San Diego. Show More Summary

Quick study: Goodbye art world, Tal R, Anselm Reyle's fall, Hollywood agents, and a rant about education

When twenty-somethings realize being a part of the the art world often means enduring a hard, poorly compensated, unfair existence, they decide to pursue other options. Sadly, this week Whitney Kimball announced that after writing for Art F City for four years, she is leaving the art world. Show More Summary

Albert Handell Mentoring Program: Day 6, The Big Critique

On Friday, we headed back to Indian Canyons where Albert painted a large pastel, again using his transparent watercolor underpainting method. As with the previous day's painting, this was not a demonstration but a painting. "They are two completely different things," he explained. Show More Summary

Evelyn De Morgan: The Love Potion

Drawn to the style of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Evelyn De Morgan was best known for tackling literary subjects and spiritual allegories. According to the De Morgan Foundation's website, she was engaged with numerous political causes, including prison reform, pacifism and the Suffragette Movement. Show More Summary

Albert Handell Mentoring Program: Day 5, Color Flutes

We returned to Indian Canyons on Thursday, where Albert painted a complex cluster of palm trees. As he got into the painting and began to analyze what was happening with light and shadow, he said that even he felt this particular scene was quite challenging - and he wondered if perhaps he should have chosen something simpler. Show More Summary

Albert Handell Mentoring Program: Day 4, And More Rocks!

Wednesday morning, we headed once again to Indian Canyons where Albert launched into painting a large pastel piece. He started with a transparent watercolor underpainting this time, using Payne's Grey as a base, modified with a warmer or cooler color as demanded by the scene. Show More Summary

Black Keys

Started placing the keyboard – love black keys against the yellow typewriter case. And those two pops of red. While that dries, I started the red typewriter.  The keys on this model are a soft dove gray, with a few random pale aqua keys. Thinking of using a smoky blue for the background at the […]

Albert Handell Mentoring Program: Day 3, Rocks!

In the Canyon Tuesday morning, we headed back to Indian Canyons. This park has such varied subject matter that we will most likely spend the week there - and gladly.Albert started us off by painting rocks in what has become his signature style. Show More Summary

Albert Handell Mentoring Program: Day 2, Why I Painted in Pastel Today

Can you find the painters? Monday morning, we all met by the pool to caravan to Indian Canyons. Although we got there early, the day was already proving itself to be hot. Fortunately, our painting location, Andreas Canyon, offered plenty...Show More Summary

Two Coats at Sundance: Ambition and the creative life

Guest contributor Jonathan Stevenson / Every January throngs of industry strivers and film buffs congregate in the snowy streets of Park City for the Sundance Film Festival to network, make distribution deals, and watch great independent movies before they reach local art houses. Show More Summary

Albert Handell Mentoring Program: Day 1, Albert Among the Palms

Albert among the palms. I am in beautiful Palm Springs, California, for master painter Albert Handell's mentoring program. When I was hosting a similar workshop of his in Sedona back in October, he honored me by asking me to join him. Show More Summary

Painting of the day: Mark Brosseau's Viscous

Mark Brosseau, Viscous, 2014, medium: acrylic, flashe, and ink on canvas, 24 x 20 inches. About Mark Brosseau: Equally drawn to color, science, math, and emotion, Brosseau discovered art by way of chemistry and architecture. Born and...Show More Summary

Rough Start

Rough under painting; some of the yellow case, pages of the open books, part of the B&W photo of a painting, piece of a frame.

Installation: Call and Response @ Gavin Brown

"Call and Response," an enormous group show hung salon-style in the back gallery at Gavin Brown, includes many of the artists whose work comprises "The Forever Now," but the work selected by Gavin Brown, in a context both more cogent and more expansive, seems genuinely of the moment. Show More Summary

The archive: Jack Pierson's billboard paintings

In the early days of digital imagery, the most challenging aspect of the new medium for artists was output. Back in the late 1990s, most labs were equipped with small printers (11 x 17 inches), but oversize prints that could competeShow More Summary

Outing with the Group and an Upcoming Road Trip

The other weekend, I met my plein air painting group for a few hours of painting Sedona's red rocks. Our location, one of my favorites, gave us a spectacular, panoramic view of Munds Mountain and other nameless crags. As you can seeShow More Summary

Typewriters x 2

Spent the last couple of days yesterday drawing two typewriters I photographed in the iconic Parisian bookstore, Shakespeare & Co. I gridded a darker toned canvas with white chalk. This typewriter, bright yellow with black keys, is on the left. An open book and B&W photo of a deposition-themed painting is on the right. Propped […]

Life-Changing Advice from William F. Reese

William F. Reese The painter William F. Reese died in 2010, but I recently came across a video presentation he gave in 2009 that I want to share with you in a moment. It contains good advice for those of us who have unrealized ambitions.I never had the pleasure of meeting Reese, but he was a mentor of my mentor, Ann Templeton, who is also now gone. Show More Summary

Old-Time Plein Air Painting Adventures

Santa FeWorthington Whittredge8 1/8 x 23 1/8, oil on paper on canvasYale University Art Gallery Hudson River School painter Worthington Whittredge, probably most known for his woodland scenes and panoramas of the Catskills and Shawangunks back east, made several trips out west. Show More Summary

Plein Air Painting: Journey's End or Just Another Roadside Attraction?

References for a finished painting 12x9 oil field study, plus photographs Some of today's plein air painters have the idea that starting and then finishing a painting in the field is the only way to portray the truth of the landscape. Show More Summary

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