Art Stuff Newsletter

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OK, let's dive right into the web sites.

If you haven't shared your web site with the rest of us send it to me and I guarantee it will be in the next newsletter. Wouldn't you like 3000 of your peers to see what you're up to?

Web Sites

Sarah Hatch paints and teaches painting in the Atlanta area at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

Susan Graeber paints mostly on site in Maryland and Maine

Vancouver BC artist Jeanette Jarville paints in reverse on clear acrylic panels.

Born in Argentina and living now in Canada Jo Scott B recently spent six months in Britain, drawing church bench ends in East Anglia.

Linda Sharpe's approach to painting is intuitive, spontaneous and serendipitous. See for yourself.

Atlanta, Georgia artist Pat Fiorello paints romantic landscapes, gardens and florals.

Mitchell Marco attempts to capture the psychological depths of each portrait he paints.


I just signed up a wonderful pastelist to teach in San Miguel next January. Her name is Margaret Dyer. Check out her website here. Dates are January 8 - 15 and the lodging we have will include a studio.. how nice is that!

What's the story about perfectionism? Is it a simple thing to understand or is there more than one side to it for us artists to consider? Why does perfectionism get a bad rap? To me there are two sides to it: One side says: "I want this work of art to be the very best it can be and I will not be satisfied until it is". Well, that seems ok and is really about the aesthetics of our art.

The other side says: "This has to be perfect and I can't allow it to be seen unless it is". This is probably more about the fear of criticism - the external critic rather than the internal critic. Fear of criticism can be paralyzing. So trying to be perfect - being a perfectionist, is kind of a defense against some real or imagined external critics. Well, guess what? Now matter how well we do something there sure as heck will be someone out there with a criticism of it. Sure it hurts being criticized - but being criticized can NEVER stop us from continuing on our path of making art - unless we let it.

Remember that the people most willing to criticize may indeed be the people who fear criticism the most!

B. Eric Rhoads wrote an interesting blog titled: "Selling More Art: 8 Principles From A Master Fisherman."

I still have one space left in the Kim English Brittany painting workshop. I'll save it for you.

A repeat customer of mine is looking to find a roommate for the Tim Horn Burgundy painting workshop this fall. She's looking for a female roommate in case you were wondering. Let me know and I'll put you in contact with her.

Thanks to Jessie Gray for sending this remarkable video... not art per se but yes, it is art!

Equally amazing is the guy who does portraits using thousands of screws - thanks to buddy Steve Cohen in Boston for sending me this. Reminds me some of Chuck Close.

I got this from the web site. .."Why Some Artists Almost Always Create Great Paintings:.

1) they have learned color certain colors 'hold hands'..
2) they can 'find the painting' in a view of the landscape ..
3) they spend time and effort setting up a still life...knowing how to balance the eye flow
4) they concentrate on the minute changes can alter the drama of a painting
5) they understand the impact of background variations...
6) they practice painting the parts...if you can paint an apple, you can paint a face

Looking for cheap flights? Who isn't. Check out this 4 minute 17 second video and this should cure you.

We've all heard friends say: "Oh, I wasn't born with the talent to make art" or "I can't draw a straight line with a ruler".. Funny stuff if it wasn't such faulty thinking. My belief in a nutshell is this: Maybe some people are given more of the gift of art than others. But all that means is that their ceiling for what they produce is going to be higher. It DOES NOT mean that the person with less of a gift can't make art. Nor does it mean that the person with less of the gift of art can't enjoy it as much as anyone else. A little hard work goes a long way. And a lot of hard work goes even further.

Happy birthday to Vincent Van Gogh. He would have turned 158 on March 30.

artist quotes

"The holy grail is to spend less time making the picture than it takes people to look at it." Bansky

"I prefer every time a picture composed and painted outdoors. The thing is done without your knowing it." Winslow Homer

"If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint." Hopper

"It takes a long time for a man to look like his portrait." Whistler

"Artists today think of everything they do as a work of art. It is important to forget about what you are doing.. then a work of art may happen." Andrew Wyeth

"An empty canvas is a living wonder.. far lovelier than certain pictures." Wassily Kandinsky

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