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? C'mon - next month is your turn.

I posted a request for help in naming a new enterprise and dear Robin won. Click on the link and listen to Pavarotti (as the web site is still kind of under construction).

Websites

Midwest artist Remley Martin paints colorful oils, pastels, plein air paintings and small works.

Albuquerque artist Carla Forrest has her own exciting vision of the Southwest.

Colorado artist Carole Cooke paints western landscapes that just draw you in.

Jacobus Baas is a California artist born in the Netherlands. And his seascapes also draw you in.

Toronto artist John Stuart Pryce has a web site with paintings, videos, books and more.

Born in the oil fields of West Texas, artist and friend Judy Elias paints a wide variety of subject matter.

California artist (and lucky person to have lived in Paris) Laurie Johnson shows figures, sketches and watercolors.

Florida artist - and heck of a graphic designer Lorie Fossa, has a Facebook page with some of her work.

Old buddy Tom Wood is doing some exciting stuff with brush and paint.

I met CT artist Sandra Kensler last week at a local art fair. I love her use of abstract color in representational paintings.

Miscellaneous

If you missed the 60 minutes re-broadcast of the Van Gogh story on 60 minutes here is the video. This story details evidence that he did not shoot himself and suggests a different story. Take a video tour through his paintings.

Thanks to Marilyn White for telling me about an artist who creates sculptures with old phone cords!

Love him or hate him. Christo is running into some trouble trying to get his project for the Colorado River approved.

This is cute. "Every painter paints himself." This is a qoute referring specifically to the famous painting Lucian Freud did of Queen Elizabeth. Read about it here.

How can a work of art with zero value demand taxes on it of $29 million? This is how.

Check out the painting done by autistic student Joshua Silver Banks.

The portraits of our founding fathers are being restored.

Oh boy.. the Thomas Kinkade story continues.

The New York Times had this fascinating story about a guy doing great painting forgeries.

New York is home to hundreds of galleries, so how do you choose which to visit? Join art critic (and friend) tour guide Merrily Kerr for inside access to New York's art scene. For a sample tour on video and a fall 2012 open group tour schedule, please visit her site. Mention me and receive a 20% discount on any private or group tour.

I've decided to add some fascinating trips to my schedule - and they're not all about painting. I'm bringing a group to Costa Rica in January. This is not only for painters but for for nature lovers, white water rafters, hikers, bicylists, bird watchers and more. You can find the details including daily itinerary here.

I've been working like a madman to get a Cuba trip together and am getting oh so close. I'll let everyone know once it's a done deal.

Teresa Vito is teaching in Tuscany (and what a Villa!) in September. One apartment left. And you can have cooking classes arranged, wine tastings.. Whatever your little heart desires.

Julie Cohn is teaching a watercolor painting workshop in Aix en Provence September 2012. Julie can teach in any medium. If you really are interested in painting in Provence consider this workshop even if you paint in another medium. There is only one space left for either single of double occupancy. Did you know that if you share a room (with someone who doesn't snore) you can save $1000?

The workshop with Kim English here in NYC worked out so well I decided to do more of them here. So I signed up three great teachers for next Spring: Anne Blair Brown, Dee Beard Dean and Camille Przewodek.

Don Sahli is teaching a workshop in Tuscany in 2013. But this will be MORE than just painting: cooking classes, wine tasting and maybe one or two other things to do. So bring a spouse or friend.

artist quotes

"As a human being the artist may have many moods and a will and personal aims, but as an artist he is 'man' in a higher sense – he is 'collective man' – one who carries and shapes the unconscious, psychic life of mankind." Carl Jung

"In our time there are many artists who do something because it is new; they see their value and their justification in this newness. They are deceiving themselves; novelty is seldom the essential. This has to do with one thing only; making a subject better from its intrinsic nature." Henri Toulouse Lautrec

"The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm." Aldous Huxley

"The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation." Auguste Rodin

"I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process." Vincent Van Gogh

"I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful. I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream." Vincent Van Gogh


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