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 3100 of your peers to see what you're up to? C'mon - next month is your turn.

Web Sites

Michigan oil painter Christine Wardwell paints a variety of subject matter - both in the studio and en plein air.

Denver artist Judith Babcock says one thing I can dig: "I love the smell of paint!"

Canadian artist June Haynes paints some cool abstracts.

Batik artist Katalin Ehling has a memoir available on Amazon called Waxing Life. I've enjoyed her work for years.

I might be getting Colorado artist Don Sahli to teach a workshop for me in France. We'll soon know.

Another Colorado artist - Sharon Brown exhibits oil paintings depicting scenes from the life of a Denver woman in the 1930s, and 40s.

Canadian artist Rich Williams works in acrylics and watercolors and is currently teaching art in Xiamen, China.

Buffalo, Minnesota artist Robert Hagberg paints - among other things, landscapes reminiscent of Beirstadt.

Ray Hassard left NYC for Ohio (how can anyone leave NYC??) and recently won best of show at the Pastel Society of Cape Cod annual show.

Good old friend and Art Students League of Denver buddy Marilyn Yanke paints some beautiful, expressive paintings.


Thanks to neighbor Nancy K for turning me on to this most cool drawing exercise.

If you like wine as I do then take a look at this unfortunate event that happened recently in Sheboygan.

I won't talk politics in this newsletter but I did run across this most interesting exhibit in Jerusalem that included Arab artists. Read all about why it was so controversial.

Artists seem to be receiving a particular kind of email scam more and more often - someone writes you and tells you they're interested in one of more of your paintings. All you have to do is accept the cashier's check they plan on sending to you. There are two problems with this: problem number one is that once you deposit the cashier's check in your bank that DOES NOT MEAN that the check is good. It could take up to two weeks for that to clear if it's legitimate. Problem number two is that they would like to overpay and have you send back the difference to them. Gee, what a great idea. You get a lousy cashier's check for a certain sum and then send back a couple of hundred bucks for that 'overpayment'. Well, you not only have a worthless cashier's check but you also just lost that couple of hundred bucks you sent them. But at least you still have your paintings! So be careful when you get something like this in your email inbox. No harm in writing them back telling them that you don't deal with cashier's checks - you prefer a personal check FOR THE EXACT AMOUNT and you will wait until that clears before sending the paintings.

Christo's going to wrap the Arkansas River in Colorado - my old stomping grounds. Should be quite the spectacle!

Here's a web site that will show you opportunities to submit your work in competitions, exhibits and festivals.

I've mentioned this place before - the Greenwich Locksmiths, the locksmith around the corner from where I live. I walk my dog by his shop every day so take a peek at why this place is so unusual. A locksmith who makes art from keys -which to me is a little more creative and resourceful than making art out of dung - or worse! Check out his web site and click on the 4 minute video. This is incredible to me. I admire anyone who can produce something with their hands. This guy's an artist just as the mason in an artist or the cabinet maker is an artist or the electrician is an artist...Or - as the artist is an artist! In our culture the people who are rewarded the most are NOT the people who produce, create and make things. Often the people who are rewarded the most have the least skill.

Most (but not all) of us create with brush and canvas. But how about using chainsaws? Check out these folks and what they do.

And here's what I have scheduled for 2012:

Kim English is teaching a 4 day workshop in NYC May of 2012.

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. This workshop is almost filled.

Julie Cohn is teaching a watercolor painting workshop in Aix en Provence September 2012. This workshop is also almost filled so get movin'.


artist quotes

"In a successful painting everything is integral.. all the parts belong to the whole. If you remove an aspect or element you are removing its wholeness." Richard Diebenkorn

"Whoever wants to know something about me (as an artist, the only notable thing) ought to look carefully at my pictures and try and see in them what I am and what I want to do." Gustav Klimt

"Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master." Leonardo

"I'm not really sure what social message my art carries, if any. And I don't really want it to carry one. I'm not interested in the subject matter to try to teach society anything, or to try to better our world in any way." Roy Lichtenstein

"What I am seeking is not the real and not the unreal but rather the unconscious, the mystery of the instinctive in the human race." Modigliani

"Most painting in the European tradition was painting the mask. Modern art rejected all that. Our subject matter was the person behind the mask." Robert Motherwell

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