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Dynamic Duo Plein Air Painting Workshop - Update

This past week, I taught a six-day workshop jointly with another artist. Together, we led ten students through the pitfalls and pleasures of plein air painting. When we first started batting around the idea, I wondered how well "tag team teaching" would work. Show More Summary

Lunchtime dystopia: CON-Figuration at Postmasters

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Not far from the courthouse, wandering jurors like myself might happen upon Postmasters Gallery on Franklin Street during the mandated 1-2 pm lunchbreak. Currently on view is a densely hung exhibition of...Show More Summary

Rainy day in New York

When I got to the studio this dreary grey morning, my coat and tote bags were sopping wet. Looking up from the building’s entrance on Washington Street, I saw that the Manhattan Bridge was barely visible in the fog, and the street was, for once, absent of wedding photographers, brides, grooms, and selfie-stick wielding tourists. … read more... "Rainy day in New York"

Painting at L'Auberge de Sedona this Saturday

The poster says it all. --- Michael Chesley Johnson, AIS PSA MPAC PSNM www.MichaelChesleyJohnson.com

Ideas and Influences: Brece Honeycutt

Artist and citizen naturalist Brece Honeycutt lives in Massachusetts, on a colonial farmhouse in the foothills of the Berkshire mountains. Fascinated with the history of her home and the surrounding land, she reads handwritten antique...Show More Summary

Images: Jered Sprecher’s first museum exhibition

Jered Sprecher‘s first museum exhibition, “Outside In” at the Knoxville Museum of Art, features an unusual installation strategy that evokes intimate domestic spaces and enables viewers to experience his recent work in two ways: as both a partitioned environment and as individual objects. Show More Summary

A few tax resources for artists 

Contributed by Rob Kaiser-Schlatzlein / As an artist, I used to feel that doing my taxes would always be a complicated burden. But there is no good reason tax season has to be eternally daunting; all I needed was some good practical information and a little up-front learning. Show More Summary

Raymond Pettibon: Long may he buzz

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / It would be easy to cast the tireless, unconstrained Raymond Pettibon as the louche trickster demigod of wise-ass artist-snipers. But it would be lazy, even grudging and condescending, to leave it there. Show More Summary

Free speech: White artist paints Emmett Till, black artists protest

Contributed by Sharon Butler / In 1955, two white men brutally lynched  Emmet Till, a black 14-year-old boy from Chicago who was visiting relatives in their Mississippi town. The men were arrested, tried, and unjustly, outrageously, acquitted of all charges. Show More Summary

New subjectivity: Figurative painting at Pratt Manhattan Gallery

Contributed by Sharon Butler / In a lively group show of large canvases at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery, curator Jason Stopa makes a strong case that contemporary painters, particularly those working figuratively, are cultivating a new form of Expressionism. Show More Summary

Painting Glare

I love to paint looking into the light. Rim-lighting and, especially, glare—glare off water, sand or pavement—are some of my favorite lighting effects. Getting the effect of glare in paint, though, is difficult. If you paint like a tonalist, you may end up with something more akin to a nocturne. Show More Summary

Greens for the Oil Painter - Plus a Workshop Review!

Looking for green this Saint Patrick's Day? I'm pleased to announce that The Artist's Magazineas made my Brushing Up article on greens for the oil painter available as a free download. The article appears in the June 2017 issue, butShow More Summary

Anxiety and the art fairs, NADA edition

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Thanks to the ongoing disaster known as the Trump administration, anxiety was in the air at the art fairs this year. Unconstitutional  deportation, hate crime, heedless military intervention, politicalShow More Summary

Alex O’Neal: Hiding Places in a Dream

Contributed by Katarina Wong / Alex O’Neal is a Cooperstown, New York based artist whose recent show “Hiding Places in a Dream” at Linda Warren Projects in Chicago was a visual knock-out – a dizzying array of hyper-saturated canvases balanced with intimate, small-scale drawings. Show More Summary

Two Coats of Paint Resident Artist: Jim Shrosbree

This month Two Coats of Paint welcomes Jim Shrosbree to the studio for a seven day artist’s residency.  A professor of painting and drawing at Maharishi University in Fairfield, Iowa, Shrosbree uses diverse materials such as ceramic, plaster, wire, aluminum, and suede to create intimately-scaled sculptures and wall-based objects. Show More Summary

A.I.R. at a the Kochi-Muzris Biennale

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Last year I visited Jayanthi Moorthy‘s studio and suggested she get in touch with Kathryn Myers, a UConn colleague of mine who has facilitated cultural exchanges with Indian artists, curated numerous shows...Show More Summary

Picabia: A curious man

Contributed by Katie Fuller /  “Our Heads Are Round So Our Thoughts Can Change Direction,” the Francis Picabia exhibition at MoMA, tells a story of a curious man with a need to experiment with more than one style, medium, process, or subject. Show More Summary

Email from Kelsey Miller: Printmaking at the Housatonic Museum

Contributed by Sharon Butler / In an exhibition on view at the Housatonic Museum in Bridgeport, wildlife trafficking, environmental conservation, sexuality, religion, gender, and the illusion of domestic bliss are among the issues addressed through a diverse range of printmaking practices. Show More Summary

Some New Small Plein Air Paintings

Contrary to popular belief, I've been painting. Yes, I've been designing my new web site, creating my new online course plus working on a dozen other projects, but I have indeed been painting. With that in mind, I thought I'd share with you some of my recent small plein air paintings. Show More Summary

On the road: Yogyakarta, Indonesia (Part 1)

Contributed by Elana Herzog / In January I spent a week in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on the island of Java, where I had a glimpse of a lively, burgeoning contemporary art scene. My guides were Sally Smart, an Australian artist based in Melbourne and Yogyakarta, and Entang Wiharso, an Indonesian artist based in Yogyakarta and Rhode Island. Show More Summary

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