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The-world-is-falling-apart edition. MOMA protests Trump’s refuge ban, Dore Ashton has died, AFC offers to help to artists affected by Trump’s executive orders, movies about politics, NEA budget, Stock Club update, Welish on Dan Walsh, Tatiana Berg and Mexico City, and more. Show More Summary

Fly in the Ointment, Gnats in the Painting

"The Watchman" 12x9 oil But first: If you haven't taken my workshop survey, please do! It'll only take a moment and is completely anonymous. Here is the survey:, on to today's topic.A few years ago, I took a painting trip to Zion National Park in Utah. Show More Summary

Image Transfer to Make the Drawing Easier: The Schooner Margaret Todd

The Schooner Margaret Todd12x16 oilWill be Available Starting July 1, 2017 at Argosy Gallery I like to paint boats. I paint a lot of them at my summer studio in Downeast Maine. They say "practice makes perfect," but where boats are concerned,...Show More Summary

History: Artist-run galleries in NYC in the 1950s and 1960s

At artist-run galleries, the conversation centers on art rather than commerce. Alternative spaces provide a place for unknown and under-recognized artists to mount exhibitions, for curators to organize their first thematic shows, and for...Show More Summary

Ken Weathersby: From sculpture to painting

For his new series of elegant abstract paintings, on view at Minus Space through February 25, Ken Weathersby drew from seasoned images in old art history books. These books feature simple layouts, often two wide columns illustrated with black and white images. Show More Summary

July Plein Air Workshop in Rockland, Maine

Rockland, Maine, is one of my favorite places to visit in Midcoast Maine. Why? It's filled with historic buildings and a lighthouse, offers a beautiful waterfront, and it's close to many great plein air painting spots. What's more, it's...Show More Summary

Invitation: Infrastructure / Thurs Feb 2 @ SEMINAR in DUMBO

Infrastructure: Land, Mind, Country Artists from the Two Coats of Paint Residency Program Opening reception: February 2, First Thursday, at SEMINAR Gallery in DUMBO, 6-9 pm. Two Coats of Paint has the unique privilege of curating anShow More Summary

Christopher Moss: So not funny

Contributed by Matthew Weinstein / I really hope people get to see Chris Moss‘s show at Theodore:Art in Bushwick. I own a painting of his, and I love it. It makes me laugh. It’s hanging by my front door. Its a crazy little square face; a sort of impasto emoji that signifies nothing. It’s like a … read more... "Christopher Moss: So not funny"

Building a New Website, Part 3: How I Did Mine

Condor's Realm 9x12 oil/panelAvailable on my new website! The first thing I needed to was to make sure I had a template that looked good and allowed lots of choices for design. Another requirement was that it worked with an e-commerce plug-in—and that plug-in itselff had to be easy to work with. Show More Summary

Building a New Website, Part 2: Do It Yourself—Or Let the Experts Do It?

Leaping 6x8 oilAnother small painting available on my new website! As I delved into researching the best way to handle an artist's website, I ran into the services that specialized in such. I won't mention any names—they are readily found through an Internet search—but they did seem attractive. Show More Summary

Building a New Website, Part 1: Sometimes It's Just Easier to Start Over

Passing Storm 8x16 oil/panelAvailable on my new website! We've all had the feeling. A house with pipes that drip like a hundred perennial springs; a roof as full of holes as a moth-eaten rug; a foundation so ruinous you could sell chunks of it on the antiquities market. Show More Summary

Drawing portfolio: Tamara Gonzales

In her second solo show at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, Tamara Gonzales presents a colorful series of pencil drawings that conjure Peruvian textiles and embroidery. She first visited Peru in 2013 to see Machu Picchu. “Ever since seeing...Show More Summary

A brief history of food as art

The latest issue of Smithsonian Journeys Travel Quarterly, called the “Atlas of Eating,” features travel articles related to food, such as “How Food Became Religion in Peru’s Capital City” and “The Humble Beginnings of Goulash.” Editor...Show More Summary

Art and Film: Elizabeth Murray and the splendor of the ordinary

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Elizabeth Murray, who died too young at 66 in 2007, stretched and contorted household scenes and objects into kinetic abstract festivals on baroquely shaped canvases that defied and escaped the presumed domestic tyranny of wifely and motherly duty. Show More Summary

“Secret Sycamore” Juried into American Impressionist Society National Small Works Exhibition

Secret Sycamore12x9 oilby Michael Chesley Johnson I’ve just received word that my painting, “Secret Sycamore” has been juried into the American Impressionist Society Small Works Showcase National Juried Exhibition. This is a "small works" show, so all the paintings will be 12x16 and under. Show More Summary

Relative Sizes of Images on Your Website

As I go through the process of designing my new website, I ask a couple of colleagues whose opinion I value for input. One concern that came up recently has to do with relative image size. One draft of my new site had painting images "hard-cropped" to a square format. Show More Summary

How GOP proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act may affect artists

Many self-employed artists have come to rely on the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, for comprehensive, fairly-priced heath insurance. The following article from STAT, a national publication focused on finding and telling...Show More Summary

Studio visit with Kate Liebman

Contributed by Debbi Kenote / “I see myself as a figure painter,”  Kate Liebman tells me as I sit in her Bushwick studio, where dirty paint tubes and spatters litter the floor. She walks me through her process and sources, touching on...Show More Summary

Demonstration for Arizona Pastel Artists Association

Photos by Judy Quimby This past Sunday, I spent an afternoon in Phoenix demonstrating for the Arizona Pastel Artists Association at its monthly meeting. What a welcoming and eager group! About 40 members attended, and I got many questions about my materials, process and workshops. Show More Summary

Rebecca Morris: Loving the unbeautiful

Rebecca Morris likes to compartmentalize. Her paintings, smartly installed at Mary Boone’s Fifth Avenue location through February 25, feature symmetrically placed geometric shapes, sometimes collaged onto the surfaces of the large-scale canvases. Show More Summary

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