Art Stuff Newsletter

the art newsletter about YOU....


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?

Web Sites

Here are the colorful still life paintings of NYC artist Susan De Castro.

Florida artist Hope Reis has painted her "Adventure Series"... see it here.

Originally from New York City environmental artist Patricia Cummins now lives in Florida.

Oregon artist Carolee Clark works predominately in acrylic and watercolor favoring the subject matter of landscape and figures.

Ann Bagby or Winchester, Tennessee paints images that are reminiscent of medieval religious art - at least to me!

Long time friend Beth Cody was always, and still is a passionate painter. Click on her Flickr link when you get here.

Georgia native Blair Mann paints figures, the still life, interiors and landscapes in a variety of mediums.

Berlin artist William Wires works also works in a variety of mediums and has painted seemingly everywhere!

Whaddya know - another Florida artist. Noreen Coup spends time in La Rochelle, France, my old haunt.

My friend and gallery mate Renee Rubin does stuff I just like - simple as that.

A banjo playing painting acquaintance of mine is Steve Parker.. Look at his bold color field paintings.


This occurred to me in the middle of the night last week: Of the 3000 folks on this newsletter list only perhaps 200 or so have had any personal contact with me. Either you've come on workshops or you're friends or whatever. So I thought: why not post an introduction on Youtube AND invite you to do the same for me! So here it is...and only 4 /2 minutes long! But make sure you watch it to the end to see the special guest introduction.

I just signed up Tim Horn to teach a workshop in Burgundy in September. Tim taught a great class in San Miguel for me last year and I was so impressed by his focus and organization that I just had to sign him up again.

A classmate at the Art Students League is painting a portrait of a 100 year old woman she knows. But what's unique about the women's story is this: She was on a train in Germany in the car adjacent to where Hitler was and it occurred to her that she should try and kill him! Of course there was no way for her to get close enough, but if she had it might have changed history. Here's the portrait in progress.

Every so often I sign up a new teacher to teach a workshop for me. This time it's Peggi Kroll-Roberts. I've known about her for a long time but had no contact with her until recently. I've always heard great things about her and always loved her work. So... she's teaching a workshop for me in New York City this May.

Ellen sent me an article called 'Four Surprising Ways to Sell More Art in 2011'. Those four ways? 1) Increase production; When sales start to slow many artists tend to pull back from creating. 2) Focus; The work you present to a gallery needs to be unified. It doesn't need to be repetitive or formulaic, but it must present you as a consistent artist with a clear vision. 3) Raise your prices! Because the value of art is arbitrary, art collectors and gallery owners have no way to know the value of your work until you tell them. Set your price too low and the collector will think you're not well established, or worse that there is something wrong with your work. and 4) Get organized: Move your inventory record-keeping to the computer and start using an inventory number with each piece of artwork

Here's the latest on the Brittany workshop with Kim English. I've got a number of double rooms left so you can take advantage of the 2 for 1 deal.

Be very aware of a new scam arriving in your email in-box. Apparently some resourceful crooks are able to steal address books from people, probably address books from the web based email programs. Then they will send emails out to everyone in that person's address book and make it look like it came from that person. They tell you about the awful experience they had in London (or wherever); they were mugged and had everything stolen and will you please send $2500 to help them out. Even though it may look like it came from the person you know, it probably didn't. Make sure you check out the authenticity before sending any money to your 'friend'.

How to get 1.3 million people to see our paintings? Politics aside there is something very cool for artists on TV. If you've ever watched the Colbert Report you may now that he (Steven Colbert) is offering artists a chance to create a special portrait of him based on one that is already done. Go to the home page and look on the right hand side for the link: Steven Reveals Your Portraits. I'm giving it the old college try but haven't seen mine up there yet.....

Nancy shared this story about a guy - an austistic (not artistic) draftsman, who can draw the entire city of Rome after taking a 45 minute helicopter ride.Here's the 5 minute video.

Heather tells me about a paint out in Rye, New York May 14 and 15. Actually it's a two day arts event with a “plein air” paint out in the park, a live auction and cocktail hour, and a one day juried arts and music festival. Here's a link.

artist quotes

"The thing about being a painter is that every night you go to bed thinking that the work you've done that day is fabulous. And then you wake up the next morning and look at your canvas and think it is worthless, a piece of junk and you start again". Andrew Vicari - the richest artist in the world taken from an article in the Sunday NY Times Magazine Section January 30, 2011

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."-- Pablo Picasso

"I know that to paint the sea really well, you need to look at it every hour of every day in the same place so that you can understand its way in that particular spot and that is why I am working on the same motifs over and over again, four or six times even."
-- Claude Monet

"Images also help me find and realise ideas. I look at hundreds of very different, contrasting images and I pinch details from them, rather like people who eat from other people’s plates."-- Francis Bacon

"It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child."-- Pablo Picasso

"My characters have undergone the same process of simplification as the colors. Now that they have been simplified, they appear more human and alive than if they had been represented in all their details."-- Joan Miro

"One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one's capacity."-- Auguste Renoir

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