Art Stuff Newsletter

the art newsletter about YOU....

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 3100 of your peers to see what you're up to? Well, wouldn't you?

This month I'm starting off with this survey, thanks to SurveyMonkey.. Click on that link to see what I'm asking. A hint: it has to do with the sale of our art. So many artists I talk to are frustrated with the level of art sales. If you're not one of them - tell us your secrets!

Thanks to those stopping by my opening last Thursday for a glass of French wine and to see the portraits of famous New Yorkers (and a few honorary New Yorkers).. If you couldn't make it that meant more wine for me. But here are the 10 heads I painted. Make absolutely sure you click on each thumbnail so you can see the color and brush strokes, OK?

Web Sites

This is a former prison turned Arts Center in Nothern Virginia. Thanks to Marni Maree for sending me that link. Marni's own colorful watercolors are to be seen here.

Florida artist Hope Barton paints acrylics and does hand colored etchings.

Mary Ulm Mayhew lives in Wisconsin and paints - among other things, cows. Imagine that! She also won the "Artist's Choice Award" in the Cedarburg Plein Air Competition

Fellow NYC painter Susan De Castro was the recipient of First Prize in the 8th Annual NOHO NY Artwalk Exhibit, for her oil painting "Green Liquor". Susan's site was listed in my May newsletter.

Maryland artist Lynne Oakes paints landscapes, the still life, people, places and pets.

Florida artist Stacy Barter has a list of credits too long to print here. So go see them on her web site.

Laguna Beach artist Karen Hedges paints sensuous and colorful oil paintings.

Napa Valley artist John DeBow says that he has a mixture of paint thinner & a little Cabernet in his blood...

North Carolina artist Susan B. Hecht approaches painting with a sense of spontaneous playfulness.

I met Joan Marie Kelly this past week. She was having an opening the same evening as mine. She's from Baltimore and lived for 9 years in New York before accepting an art teaching position in Singapore. Check out her large format, exciting figurative work.


A couple of well known and important artists died recently. Cy Twombly and Lucian Freud. Twombly was 83 years old. Lucien Freud was 88 and considered by many the greatest living representational painter. He influenced thousands of artists who paint the figure. Read about Lucien Freud here.

My wonderful sister Myrna sent me this link to a story about a 'reunified' painting from China and Taiwan.

If you're considering renting a car in France, or anywhere in Europe for that matter, you might want to read this and avoid some of the nightmare scenarios I found myself in some years ago.

Hector Canonge, a NYC artist has come up with a unique way and place to teach English as Second Language. In a laundromat!

I LOVE this story - about an American who came to Burgundy and opened a vineyard having no contacts and no support. I hope to meet him and try his great wines when my Burgundy workshop is there next month. (There is still only one space left and the class size is small). Here's the NY Times article - thanks to my Nancy for sending it to me.

Kudos to the Kresge Foundation for awarding $300,000 in fellowships to Detroit area artists. I think I'll move there.

Here's what's up for my schedule the rest of this year and next.

Teresa Vito will be teaching in San Miguel de Allende in November. Vito (as we call her) has taught for me in Burgundy, Provence and Bordeaux.

Margaret Dyer is a master pastelist and is also teaching in San Miguel de Allende but in January 2012. My friend Vi is looking for a roommate so she can attend this class and save major bucks..

Jeanette Le Grue is teaching in Honfleur - the 'birthplace of Impressionism', June of 2012. Remember that if you room with someone based on my 2 for 1 special you'll each be saving in the neighborhood of $1000. Nice neighborhood. I've reserved 1 triple room, 8 double rooms and 4 single rooms. As of July 28 the triple room is taken, 3 of the doubles are taken and 2 of the singles are taken.

Julie Cohn is teaching a watercolor painting workshop in Aix en Provence September 2012.


artist quotes

"To wake the soul by tender strokes of art" - Alexander Pope

"Colour and I are one. I am a painter." - Paul Klee

"Above all keep your colours fresh!" - Edouard Manet

"Painting is just another way of keeping a diary" - Pablo Picasso

"Art happens - no hovel is safe from it, no prince can depend on it, the vastest intelligence cannot bring it about" - Whistler

An old woman was sipping on a glass of wine on the patio with her husband and she says "I love you so much I don't know how I could ever live without you"...Her husband asked: "Is that you or the wine talking?".. She replies: "It's me talking to the wine!" Thanks to Barbara Fracchia for sending this one.

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