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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.

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I was introduced to the most interesting combination in a person: painter and banjo player, just like me! This guy is a heck of a plein air painter and builds his own high quality banjos. His name is Charles Waldman. Here's a great video he did about painting in Paris.

Debra Joyce Dawson is Past President Ohio Plein Air Society and paints colorful, evocative outdoor landscapes.

I discovered Dutch-born Toronto artist Elsha Leventis by doing a Google search after receiving a scam e-mail that you can read below.

Arizona artist Jane Barton enjoys exploring the patterns of light and color. So look at how well she does it.

County Limerick artist John Morris was on a Charles Sovek workshop I organized in Paris a few years back. One thing that Charles and I marveled at was how he would take what Charles would say in one ear and it would come out off the end of the brush - immdediately. Amazing!

La Porte, Colorado artist Karen Ramsay paints fresh and colorful watercolors.

Michaelle Peters Charlwood lives between the mountains of Utah and the Caribbean and works primarily with encaustic & oil, sometimes with her photographs collaged into the images.

Armonk, NY photographer Rick Hadley shoots in color and black and white. I've always been partial to the power of abstract black and white photos.


Still one of the most incredible and profoundly beautiful youtube videos I have ever seen. Called Women in Art.

Here's a link to trailers for movies about famous painters: Goya, Klimt, Kahlo, El Greco

This is not really about art but about the Art of Love - kind of. Ever notice how often we hear ourselves or our friends say "love you" when we hang up after talking to a friend or saying goodbye? I started to really get annoyed hearing that and didn't really know why. I know why now. It's just become a trendy thing to say and just seems to lose it's meaning. Try this experiment. Next time you want to say 'love you'... add the word "I" before those words. See how much more powerful it feels when you say "I love you" rather than just "love you." Not only does it feel more powerful and meaningful to the gut of the person saying it but also to the person it's being said to.

For those of you who love Van Gogh here's the famous video and song - very emotional. Song by Don McLean.

I mentioned the e-mail I received that was ostensibly signed by an artist by the name of Elsha Leventis. Here it is - and is better written than the similar scams I've received.

Hope you get this on time, I made a trip to Madrid, Spain and had my bag stolen from me with my passport, cash and personal effects in it. Unfortunately for me, I've made contact with my bank but they are not providing a fast solution. I need you to lend me some money to sort my self out of this predicament, I will pay back as soon as I return.

Western Union transfer is the best option to send money to me. Let me know if you need my details(Full names/location) to make the transfer. You can reach me via email or the hotel's desk phone.

Please let me know if you can be of help.

Elsha Leventis

I did a Google search and found there really is an artist named Elsha Leventis! So I suspect that someone just found her name and decided to attach it to their scam email and send it out to thousands of artists. Very tricky and resourceful. But very mean too.

A friend in France sent me a slide show to the paintings of Vlademir Volegov. Very well done and impressive. But are all these models the same woman? Surely there are more interesting models than just the pretty ones? We used to make fun of a painter at the Art Students League in Denver who was very adept at painting pretty women. We used to joke that he had a photo of this woman in his back pocket and would take it out as reference for whatever painting he was working on.

And here's what else I have scheduled for 2012 and beyond.

Phil Starke is teaching a 3 day workshop in NYC April 27-29. Phil taught for me in San Miguel a couple of years ago. He worked really well with his students and was just a pleasure to be with.

Kim English is teaching a 4 day workshop in NYC May of 2012 and there are only a few spaces left.

Jeanette Le Grue is teaching in Honfleur - the 'birthplace of Impressionism', June of 2012. This workshop is almost filled.

Teresa Vito is teaching in Tuscany (and what a Villa!) in September.

Julie Cohn is teaching a watercolor painting workshop in Aix en Provence September 2012. Julie can teach in any medium. If you really are interested in painting in Provence consider this workshop even if you paint in another medium.

Don Sahli is teaching a workshop in Tuscany in 2013.

Another one not really about art but a music video that some of you can relate to if you've ever misplaced your glasses or forgot something. It's only 3 minutes long so don't miss it. Thanks to friend and neighbor Lainie.


artist quotes

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep" Scott Adams

"Some artists leave remarkable things which, a 100 years later, don’t work at all. I have left my mark; my work is hung in museums, but maybe one day the Tate Gallery or the other museums will banish me to the cellar…you never know." Francis Bacon

"My heart beats more for a raw, average vulgar art, which doesn't live between sleepy fairy-tale moods and poetry but rather concedes a direct entrance to the fearful, commonplace, splendid and the average grotesque banality in life." Max Beckmann

"Painting is an essentially concrete art and can only consist of the representation of real and existing things. It is a completely physical language, the words of which consist of all visible objects. An object which is abstract, not visible, non-existent, is not within the realm of painting." Gustave Courbet

"Oh yes! he loved yellow, this good Vincent, this painter from Holland - those glimmers of sunlight rekindled his soul, that abhorred the fog, that needed the warmth." Paul Gauguin

"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

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