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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. This is not a juried submission. Wouldn't you like 3000 of your peers to see what you're up to?

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Here are the uplifting watercolor paintings of Florida artist Stewart Jones.

Monique Cagle finds inspiration in the hills of Brown County, Indiana, where she grew up.

Houston artist Peggy Kingsbury has painted just about everywhere and painterly realism may be the best termto describe her work.

Columbus, Ohio artist Richard Clem paints his impasto and light filled paintings in the studio and out in plein air.

This must be Ohio Artist Month... here's a link to the paintings and photographs of versatile Ohio artist Bill Westerman, and a link to the 70 or so painters from Ohio Plein Air (gee, I hope they're all getting my email newsletter).

Old friend and Colorado artist by way of Viet Nam Quang Ho paints some remarkable images.

This is very cool: A website for dudes who knit with looms or sticks, and the people who love them!

Ex gallery mate, and Park Slope Artist Bernette Rudolph does a lot of innovative things with silk and wood.

Rochester artist Nina Rupp lists her occupation on this blog as "painting as often as possible!"


What's coming up for me? Well, there's beautiful San Miguel de Allende with Jeanne MacKenzie in November and Quimper, Brittany in June 2011. I'm fond of describing Quimper as the Paris of Brittany. Kim English will be teaching that one..

Here's how I met Jeanne: I live in Greenwich Village and last year while walking up Bleecker Street going home I ran into a group painting right across the street from where I live. I stopped and talked with some of the students and found out that the instructor was a woman from Colorado - my old stomping grounds. I met her and we clicked right away. I had the chance to watch her work with her students. liked what I saw and proposed that I organize a workshop for her. Thus - San Miguel de Allende. When they were done for the day I went back with a bottle of French wine and some glasses and we all hung out for a while.

Colin tells me that Pullingers is a small chain of family-run art shops that supply quality art materials to amateur and professional artists and students too. They now have a new web store and are quickly becoming a prominent name in art supplies online. Their web site can be found here.

I think it's exciting that Norman Rockwell is beginning to gain the appreciation he so deserves. Here's a recent New York Times article talking about him.

Thanks to Nancy for sharing this with me: French scientists say they have cracked a few secrets of the Mona Lisa. Specialists from the Center for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France found that da Vinci painted up to 30 layers of paint on his works (a technique called sfumato) to meet his standards of subtlety. Added up, all the layers are less than 40 micrometers, or about half the thickness of a human hair. Read the article and see the 1 minute video here.

We've talked about the scam most of us are familiar with. Here's one I received a few weeks ago: Good day to you over there, My name is Dennis Matt i'm from California and i hope this message finds you well.I was going through your works and my eyes caught this particular piece,i will like to have it for my new apartment this month. please let me know if the piece is available, if yes let me have the detailed price and more information about it. i will be waiting to read from you asap.

When you write back that it is for sale they say you will receive a check in the mail for more than the sale amount if you would just send the difference back to them - something along those lines. If you tell them you only accept payment for the exact amount they will disappear.

Sunday's New York Times had a nice article on local plein air painter Rackstraw Downes who will not be confused with the typical plein air painter of today.

Betsy M sent me this silly little ditty about art...

This will be of interest mainly to those of you in the NY metropolitan area: I have a friend with a studio to share with other artists on the west side in the 30's. If interested contact her directly at this email.

I week or so ago I thought my hard drive was failing so I checked out a computer place in Chinatown that was recommended to me. I brought down my computer ready to buy a new one. Well, as soon as I walked into the shop they diagnosed my computer on their work bench and said there was nothing wrong with it. I only needed the hard drive reformatted. Total cost: $62. These guys are awesome. If you need someone in the city call them at 646-613-8185

artist quotes

"I’m not an abstractionist. I’m not interested in the relationship of color or form or anything else. I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on." Renoir

"My name is Marc, my emotional life is sensitive and my purse is empty, but they say I have talent." Chagall

"Great art picks up where nature ends." Cezanne

"Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye.. it also includes the inner pictures of the soul." Munch

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." Picasso

"Pepperoni pizza and a good bottle of Chassagne Montrachet just do NOT go well together." Philip Levine

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