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?

By the way, if you live in or around NYC take this as an invitation to my opening at Pleiades Gallery 530 W. 25th Street 4th floor. Between 10th and 11th avenues. Two openings: first one is Thursday December 2 5-8 PM and the second one on Saturday December 4th 3-6 PM. C'mon over, share a glass of wine and say hi.

Web Sites

I'm writing this from San Miguel de Allende where I have a painting group. One of my favorite artists is Peter Leventhal, originally from New York but living here since 2000. I find his figurative work exciting and consider him a buddy. His site is being updated as we speak.

I also discovered a young woman artist from Mexico City who floored me with her work - Lilia Basulto is 28 years old. I found her paintings at a gallery in the Fabrica la Aurora on the outskirts of San Miguel. Here is a site with some of her paintings.

This artist is not to be believed. Is this ever fantastic!

Talk about powerful colors.. look at Elio Camacho's work.

We artists are a varied lot aren't we? Here's Robert's work. Robert is English and is the Butterfly Man.

Colorado artist Cynthia Price Reedy paints watermedia, oil, and mixed media. She lives in one my most favorite towns in the world - Estes Park, Colorado.

Connecticut portrait artist Ellie Boyd can be found here.

Here's a Maryland artist. - it is Elizabeth Vismans capturing the gorgeous fall colors of ol' Virginie.

Ula Einstein is a Swiss born multi-disciplinary artist based in NYC.


Just got back from a great 7 days in San Miguel de Allende with the Jeanne Mackenzie workshop. Check out one of our photo slide shows. When the page comes up click on 'slide show' on the left hand side.

A couple of months ago we were talking about what art is.. We still have no idea but thanks to Feff we can see some new possibilities: art gallery in the subway of NYC.

Speaking of what art is.. here's one not to be believed. An NYU arts professor had a web cam implanted in his head. He said: the project will raise "important social, aesthetic, political, technological and artistic questions." Of course he didn't say what those important questions might be. I'm restraining myself from saying what I want to say!

And here's something I ran into in the neighborhood. Is it art? I love it!

Thanks also to Feff for sending this link to an older LA Times article on Thomas Kinkade. The aricle is titled: Dark Portrait of a "Painter of Light". I know his name brings up lots of feelings among painters and others: both positive and negative. But some people never realized that he actually wrote a book on plein air painting and that's definitely NOT what he's known for.

If you're thinking of that Brittany workshop with Kim English let me suggest that you get moving on it. It already is almost filled - a rarity for so early in the game.

I've decided to offer a class to help people incorporate figures in their paintings. I taught this very successful class in Paris in 2009 and am now offering it in New York City June of 2011. It's a real passion of mine and pretty much dominates what I do as a painter. As a result I've learned so much about how to put 'convincing' figures in my paintings that I want to share it with you.

If you love the painters of the Ashcan school as I do, and the so called 'regionalist' painters then you MUST watch this 60 year old film (10 minutes) on Youtube. This was shot during World War II about the rise in interest in American paintings and painters.

artist quotes

a word of thanks to Kathryn Charles for sending me more of these artist's quotes by women:

"the landscape was in my arms as I worked". -- Helen Frankenthaler

"Whether I'm painting or not, I have this overwhelming interest in humanity. Even if I'm not working, I'm still analyzing people". -- Alice Neel

"I felt a tremendous affinity with Van Gogh's deep feeling for the things he painted and how he exaggerated the colors of sky, chairs, faces, to bring them to almost more than life". -- Susan Rothenberg

"Very few people know how to work. Inspiration, everybody has inspiration, that's just hot air". -- Beatrice Wood

"I was supporting myself, but nothing like the guy painters, as I refer to them. I always resented that actually. We were all getting the same amount of press, but they were going gangbusters with sales". -- Cindy Sherman

"I find that women can be creative in total isolation. I know excellent women artists who do original work without any response to speak of. Maybe they are used to a lack of feedback. Maybe they are toughe"r. -- Elaine de Kooning


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