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Sedona Plein Air Festival: Day 2

I don't think it was in the forecast, but I woke before dawn yesterday to lightning and rolling thunder. The rain fell steadily through breakfast. By 7:30, I decided to head up Oak Creek Canyon to paint at Midgely Bridge. What was I thinking? The rain continued to fall as I made my way up the hill and into the parking lot. Show More Summary

Sedona Plein Air Festival: Day 1

Sunset at the Sedona Arts Center It sure was good to see all my plein air painting buddies at the orientation for the Sedona Plein Air Festival. Although 10 a.m. was the official start time for hanging the paintings that we'd brought with us, many of us were there at 9:30 or even earlier. Show More Summary

Sedona Plein Air Festival: Pre-Game

Me painting at the 2012 Sedona Plein Air Festival(Photo: Carl Judson) After a long haul of over 3600 miles and nearly three weeks, we have made it to Arizona. It's great to be able to sleep in my own bed now. But there's no time to rest...Show More Summary

Ideas and Influences: Mary Addison Hackett

I have followed Mary Addison Hackett's blog Process since she left LA a few years ago and returned to Nashville where her mother was in the hospital. Unfortunately, as Hackett drove across country, she received word that her mother had died. Show More Summary

Counting Down

Feel the approaching deadline of November 21 like a physical squeeze. Of the six paintings I’m planning to show, three are done, including varnished. The other three are very close to completed. Yesterday I worked on Sweet Sixteen, adding the bird graphic to the cartridge box, the brass caps of the shot gun shells and, […]

Colleagues: Judith Schaechter and Eileen Neff

Two of my talented colleagues at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts have solo shows in Chelsea this month. At Claire Oliver, Judith Schaechter presents beautiful but disturbing stained glass lightboxes and kiln-cast glass sculptures...Show More Summary

David Humphrey's vantage point

David Humphrey's extraordinary exhibition at Fredericks & Freiser tells stories about our engagement with the world. It is a tour de force of eclecticism, expansiveness, and integration, unifying ostensibly disparate images through the...Show More Summary

This Leads to That

Target Practice was inspired by LightGrid, a painting of the view from The Walking Dead‘s crew parking lot, down in Senoia. The dirt road and the pasture remind me of my daddy’s farm, where he and his brothers went hunting, and I flew kites with my cousins.

Darren Waterston: Opulence and ruin

Contributed by Hannah Kennedy, Two Coats Intern / Darren Waterston’s paintings and an installation called Filthy Lucre are on view at Mass MOCA through January 2015. Ranging from small canvases to engrossing alien landscapes, Waterston's paintings evoke otherworldly abstractions: dark and mysterious yet inviting. Show More Summary

Lovable: Chris Martin at Anton Kern

In his first solo show at Anton Kern, Chris Martin presents a bright, shining cosmos that signals a shift from the more visually subdued, densely painted work presented in his final show at Mitchell-Innes and Nash. Many of Martin's new...Show More Summary

Gedi Sibony moves beyond the Provisional

Gedi Sibony continues to repurpose and recycle objects, but his new work moves considerably beyond the abject provisionality of earlier work. In Greene Naftali's bunker-like new ground-floor space on W.26th Street, Sibony presents huge pieces of metal cut from a stash of decommisioned semi trailers. Show More Summary

Ideas and Influences: Helen O'Leary

Helen O'Leary grew up in rural Ireland in the the 60s and 70s, where her mother's philolsophy was "if you can't make it, you can't have it." In her 2010 Guggenheim application she wrote that this spirit of creativity and "making do"Show More Summary

A Good Student Passes Away

Yellow Daylilies Recently, I sent out my bi-monthly newsletter with news about workshops, shows and travels. I always get some nice notes in return, usually from students and collectors with some wonderful news of their own. This week, however, I received a sad note. Show More Summary

Christopher Deeton's symmetries

In Bomb, Raphael Rubinstein wrote about Christopher Deeton's big, fluid, black abstractions on view at MAKEBISH through the end of the month. The paintings evoke Morris Louis's Color Field paintings, but Rubinstein, long an admirer of Deeton's work, says there's more to it than that. Show More Summary

Melissa Meyer's FASCINATION

Over the summer Melissa Meyer and I exchanged leisurely studio visits, first at my studio in DUMBO and then at hers on West 39th Street. On the second floor of an unassuming office building in the fabric district, Meyer's space has a...Show More Summary

Printmaking Monday: I'm a steamroller baby

  This weekend the Garrison Art Center celebrated their 50th Anniversary with "Rollin on the River," a woodblock printing event that featured a steamroller, a parking lot, a lovely view of the Hudson River, and a bunch of 8 x 6 foot sheets of plywood. "We had a beautiful day," artist Leslie Kerby reported. Show More Summary

Monadnock Workshop Report

I just finished up a two-day plein air painting workshop for the Monadnock Area Artists Association - a really "together" group! Everything was well-organized, the thirteen students were eager and patient, and even though the first day we had torrential rain and were forced indoors, everyone stayed cheerful. Show More Summary

Acadia Workshop Center Workshop Report

One of my very favorite places to conduct a plein air painting workshop is Mount Desert Island, Maine. Home to Acadia National Park, it can offer some spectacular fall foliage. This week, I taught a four-day workshop through Acadia Workshop Center, which is located in Bernard, on the "quiet side" of the island. Show More Summary

Richard Tuttle reviews I, Augustus, Emperor of Rome

This month in The Brooklyn Rail Richard Tuttle contributes "Augustus," a long form essay/free writing exercise in poem form that seems to emulate a writing style that might have been prevalent in ancient Rome. The piece is about I, Augustus,...Show More Summary

TBT: Old New York

John Sloan, The City from Greenwich Village, 1922, oil on canvas, 26 x 33 3/4 inches. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Gift of Helen Farr Sloan in 1970. From the National Gallery of Art's website:The City from Greenwich Village is a lyrical celebration of the vitality and excitement of life in lower Manhattan. Show More Summary

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