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? C'mon - next month is your turn.
NYC artist and friend Diane Klock has a blog titled "Created with Joy". Look at her watercolors and you will understand.
Western Pennsylvania sculptor and gallery mate Janese Hexon has been influenced by her many trips to Africa and Europe.
Jennifer Couch shares the definitive online gallery for Van Gogh. Check it out - all kinds of information about Vincent.
NYC artist Anki King paints life size expressive figures. Watch one of her video interviews.
If you've studied at the Art Students League of NY you know the rich and profound heritage it offers. Here's a link to a partial list of people who have either studied or taught there.
Colorado buddy Teresa Vito is having an incredible art career. She started teaching the most exciting class for teenagers at the Art Students League of Denver years ago and has since taught workshops for me in Provence, Burgundy, Bordeaux and Tuscany. As a matter of fact Teresa (aka Veets) is coming into NYC in April to teach a plein air class. She's good so sign up with her. It's called 'Painting the Unending Variety of Manhattan Urbanscapes' April 26-29, 2013. Write to Veets at this email or to Mary Li at this one.
Accomplished and expressive figurative painter Patti Mollica captures NYC on location.
Irish artist John Morris came on a Paris workshop taught by Charles Sovek for me a number of years ago. I've never met anyone so eager to learn and so relentless about making progress. I can see some of Charles' influence in his work.
Meg Brookes lives in Brittany and has her own blog.. Here it is.
New friend (another Southerner) Jane Smithers paints exclusively with a palette knife and with gusto and impasto.
Thanks to my precious sister Myrna for sending me this link to a story about Picasso called 'Under One Picasso, Another'.
I've got so many interesting workshops coming up in 2013. None more fascinating than the opportunity to paint in Israel in April- now that the fighting has stopped it's a good time to go! Following that you will find me in Tuscany with Don Sahli. Registrations are starting to come and I definitely do not want you to miss it. But here's an idea: just go to my web site at www.paintingfrance.com hover that mouse of yours over 'workshops' and see what comes up.
Uh Oh... what's up with this Edward Hopper problem?? Read about it in the NY Times.
There's a great George Bellows show that I saw last week at the Metropolitan Museum of Art .
Bellows was part of the Ashcan School with Robert Henri, John Sloan, William Glackens, George Luks and others but was the most successful artist of that group. His subject matter varied from one end of the social spectrum to the other. He painted the boxing scenes which opened the door to his success, but also painted hundreds of landscapes, scenes of rough street kids of the NYC tenements, portraits of wealthy art patrons and scenes of country club life.
One thing in particular struck a profound chord. The way that he broke certain 'rules of painting'. How many times have you heard someone tell you: "you must have a center of interest" or "you must give the viewers eye a place to rest in the painting". Well, he shot that all to heck and it's part of what made his paintings so great. The problem with following those rules, as I see it, is then our paintings all start to look alike. Each of his paintings had a remarkable individuality and a personality of it's own. He often had no one center of interest but had a cornucopia of delights for the eye to feast on.
He started out young and died young: 42 years of age from a ruptured appendix (it's been said that his religious beliefs prevented him from getting treatment - but I'm not sure about that). I felt that his paintings changed the last few years of his life. It seemed to me that his figures became a little more wooden and his brushwork and application of paint became less daring and exciting.
I've been processing credit cards online using a really cool program called authorize.net. It's worked great for me over time. Behind that program is something called Cutting Edge Bankcard Services run by Kerry, a friend of mine who lives on the left coast. If you're already processing cards, or need to process cards to sell paintings or for whatever reason give him a call to find if you can get lower rates. 800-238-2771 ext. 103. Tell him I sent you.
One of the most amazing display of great painting I've ever seen was in a Netflix DVD I rented called: "They Drew Fire - Combat Artists of World War II". These paintings were at once beautiful and horrible. The US Government recruited artists to capture the realities of the war with no censorship and no guidelines about what they could and couldn't paint. Some of those paintings are as great as any I have ever seen. These were plein air painters in the sense that they sketched in the middle of pitched battles. Few of their paintings were actually finished on location - and with good reason!
Here is an index of the works of many of those men.
There aren't too many mom and pop art supply stores anymore. But here in NYC we have a throwback. Kevin Lavin started DaVinci Artist Supply in two locations in Manhattan and also does an extensive mail order service. If you go in there you will likely find him in his office or walking the aisles.
I watched a cable special on the life of Woody Guthrie and came away amazed at what I learned. He actually started out as a painter and at some point found out that by singing and playing the guitar he could make more money than he could as an artist. Sounds like nonsense to me but back then it was true - in part because while his singing was so special his art was not. Eventually he contracted Huntington's Chorea, suspected of being the same disease that drove his mother crazy. This was one of his greatest songs.
Traveling illegaly to Cuba?? Read this and this before you decide.
Thanks to Gloria Rabinowitz for informing me that a major upgrade of NewYorkArtists.net has arrived! Please take the time to visit.
Hurricane Sandy is a distant memory for some, but not for the folks who live in my home town of Rockaway Beach. Take a look at these photos. The 6th and 8th photos as you scroll down are of the street where I was born and raised. We had powerful hurricanes hitting Rockaway when I was a little kid but NONE anywhere near the power of this one.
"Art is an outlet toward regions which are not ruled by time and space." Marcel Duchamp
"I want paint to work as flesh, I know my idea of portraiture came from dissatisfaction with portraits that resembled people. I would wish my portraits to be of the people, not like them. Not having to look at the sitter, being them. As far as I am concerned, the paint is the person. I want it to work for me just as the flesh does." Lucian Freud
"Basically, I no longer work for anything but the sensation I have while working." Alberto Giacometti
"Color has taken possession of me; no longer do I have to chase after it. I know that it has hold of me forever... Color and I are one. I am a painter." Paul Klee
"I can paint and draw. I believe this myself and a few other people say that they believe this too. But I'm not certain of whether it's true." Gustav Klimt
"Life obliges me to do something, so I paint." Rene Magritte
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