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 3500 of your peers to see what you're up to? C'mon - next month is your turn. And this is the LAST TIME I'm tellin' you about painting in Cuba. I have a nice small group going for a really fair price. I only reserved 12 rooms and have 3 remaining (single or double occupancy) and all LEGAL travel - isn't that nice to know? I'm even investing in a new outdoor painting system just for this trip. I'm trying out this one by Eric Michaels. I've tried just about every system on the market. Some I hate and some I'm lukewarm to. I'm holding out hope for Erich's.

My new policy: anyone who has taken 3 or more of my workshops will get a 5% discount on any future workshop. Anyone having taken 6 or more (and there are a bunch of you) will get a discount of 10% on any future workshop.

Web Sites

Art Students League of Denver co-founder and board member Doug Dawson (master pastellist) stopped by for breakfast when he was in NYC. Hadn't seen him in 15 years.

New Hampshire plein air painter Susan E. Hanna, signs her name SEH and does paintings that have a calming effect (on me).

Another New Hamshire plein air painter, Susan B. Luca was influenced by the American Tonalist style of painting.

How nice... an Ontario painter (and a good one at that) has a French version of his site - Sylvio Gagnon.

Check out the portfolio of New Hamsphire painter Tony Luongo, artist, illustrator, web and graphic designer.

Callifornia artist Lisa Mozzini-McDill emphasizes an exciting play of light and shadow in her work.

Sharon Rusch Shaver, a resident of middle Tennessee paints figures, landscapes.. and contemporary women.

California artist Christopher Clark paints with exciting textures and vibrant colors. I found him through a Youtube demo he did of a plein air system I really like.


Seeing double - Van Gogh the tweaker. What a great article in the New York Times. I thought I knew everything about his life. But what I didn't know is that he made copies of his own paintings. Those copies he did indoors.

Wanna see what art David Hockney produces on his iPad? call me old fashioned (I've been called worse) but give me paint, brushes and canvas. After all, it is still called PAINTing!

Painting from photographs. Why is that so controversial? There are so many more possibilities for exciting compositions that you cannot get from life. Unless of course you have a gazillion dollars and can afford tons of models. But here's my well thought out theory: To really paint convincing figures from photographs you need 1000 hours painting in front of the model (not all at the same time of course). Once you put the time in painting from life your figures will have life, energy and will be more convincing. Painters using photographs goes WAY back... It was even thought that Vermeer used the machine called the Camera Obscura to paint his images. Thomas Eakins and many others experimented with the camera as well.

When was the last time you did a portrait that was 11 acres in size?

I just got back from the San Miguel de Allende/Art Students League of New York painting workshop taught by League instructor Gregg Kreutz. And a great time was had by all. Here's a link to a page where you can view the 7 or 8 SHORT videos I took. How short? Well, is one to two minutes short enough for you? Only one video, Gregg leading a discussion on art, is longer. Good and bad news: Recently Condé Nast decided that San Miguel is the number 1 travel destination in the world! Bad because now it's going to be harder to reserve space down there for workshops. I would have to agree with Condé Nast. I've been bringing groups of painters there for 9 years. No traffic lights! How is that possible? Dunno, but I just know it works. Great restaurants, weather, painting subject matter, The whole kit and kaboodle.

Own a Picasso for only 100 euros? Yes, it will happen.

OK, it's true that China has surpassed the US in art market and auction sales BUT....even as the art world marvels at China’s booming market, a six-month review by The New York Times found that many of the sales transactions reported to have produced as much as a third of the country’s auction revenue in recent years did not actually take place.

Next up after Cuba? Painting in the perfect French village - Beaune, Burgundy. Not too large and not too small. The perfect size. The landscape outside Beaune boasts mountains, water, tiny villages, everything the plein air painter longs for. I already know that one of our days I will organize a bike ride through some famous and not so famous vineyards, then stop at a fantastic wine chateau for lunch and a bottle of the greatest wine in the world (in my humble opinion). And you won't have to bring your own bikes. We rent them there.

artist quotes

"A great artist is always before his time or behind it." George Edward Moore

"I don't need bodyguards. I'm from the South Bronx." Al Pacino (I just had to get this one in!).

"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person." Abraham Lincoln

"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." Vincent Van Gogh

"For an Impressionist to paint from nature is not to paint the subject, but to realize sensations." Paul Cezanne

"With an apple I will astonish Paris." Paul Cezanne

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