Roger Rossi (left) with John MacDonald (right) at the Salmagundi Club

This month, the Salmagundi Club of New York City presented an exhibition, “Landscapes: Day and Night.” Sixty-five artists took part in the show, with all seasons and subject matters represented. The opening was well attended, with lively discussion among artists and viewers, followed by the presentation of awards. It’s always an honor to have one’s work shown in a venue that has hosted great American landscape painters such as Thomas Moran, William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, and many of the great Tonalist painters.

Salmagundi First Vice President Elizabeth Spencer (left), John MacDonald (center), and Salmagundi President Robert Pillsbury (right)

John MacDonald won an award named after one of his favorite painters, J. Francis Murphy. He also was given the opportunity to describe his instructional video, recently released by Liliedahl. The video is currently one of the publisher’s top sellers, offering a workshop in a box. It takes the viewer through a step-by-step process of painting with an emphasis on the basics: composition, value, color, edges, and details. It’s available at

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