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. Guaranteed!

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

Mary De Loyht-Arendt from Arizona (I believe) paints plein air throughout the western United States.

Another Arizona artist who paints nature, Cody DeLong has large landscapes that invite you in and make you feel part of it all.

Virginia artist Josh Javelberg has an unique and powerful style in his portraits and figures.

Jim Pollock is a founding member of Artists of the Black Hills and currently lives in Pierre, SD

I've known Andi Mascarenas for over 20 years and she finally has her own site showing her wonderful sculpture and painting.

Good buddy Beth Cody out in California has a slide show of her powerful abstracts on Youtube.

Judy Greff of Nebraska is a member of the Artists cooperative gallery in Omaha.

Born in Cali, Colombia and now living and painting in NYC - here are the works of Eduardo Terranova.

Conor O'Brien paints landscapes of the American Southeast.

Albuquerque artist and Cuba painting workshop client Robert Reeback paints colorful scenes from around the SW and beyond.


I just returned with a group a week ago from my second trip to Cuba. This one was no less than phenomenal. For some reason I was so much more open to enjoying Cuba than I was last time. Not sure why but there were definitely some highlights to share with you. We visited San Alejandro (Bellas Artes) art school, the most important art school for high school kids in the country. Visiting the students in the class studios shattered all the pre-conceptions I had about Cuban art. What I found was a school diligently instructing fundamentals of academic, representational art. Something I had no idea existed. But let these three short 1 minute videos show you what I mean. Click here to see them. The page that comes up also includes links to the videos I took in Cuba last year.

Some things I learned:

1) For every 300 kids applying in the art school only about 30 or so are accepted.

2) The next level beyond San Alejandro is ISA, the university program for the arts. For every group of kids graduating from San Alejandro very few again make it into ISA. The kids who don't can get jobs in galleries or cultural centers teaching young kids.

3) Models at San Alejandro receive about 1/2 dollar an hour to pose! Can you imagine that? And we met some darn good models while touring the school.

4) Their materials are often sub-standard. Successful professional artists can get good paints from nearby Panama or have them shipped from overseas. But the kids have to make do with poster colors at best.

Here we are again watching this most remarkable video of the transformation of famous paintings of women.

Artist Steve Casino found an interesting 'medium' to create art. Is interesting the right word when someone's medium is peanuts? What's next? How about bubble wrap as your medium?

Sit back and enjoy a visit to the world famous Museum of Bad Art... it's true!

Thanks to Chase for sending me this announcement about a Anders Zorn show. Better get over there NOW because tomorrow's the last day.

I got this email from Newelle, a friend from my pup's dog run: "I know an artist recovering from a long physical disability. He's an international designer and a lovely fellow. We are looking for some people who would like to visit him in the nursing home to help him paint and or paint with him. Do you know anybody who might be interested in helping out once in a while?" This is happening here in NYC so if anyone would like to know more contact me and I'll pass it along.

Last month Norman Rockwell sold a painting for....hold on to your hat: $46 million! Fantastic! It had a pre-sale estimate of $15-$20 million.

First New York City outdoor painting workshop of the year with ol' buddy Phil Starke in April.

What's up next? Let's see, there's a photography workshop heading to Giverny and Bayeux in May. I'm not going on that one - just doing all the research and reservations for them.

Second New York City outdoor painting workshop with another ol' buddy, Don Sahli in May

I'm working with the Art Students League of New York on an outdoor painting workshop in June to Burgundy, France. League instructor Costas Vavagiakis will be teaching. That means league members have first eggies.

My first summer workshop in a long time will be with the National Association of Women Artists in San Miguel de Allende. That will be followed by, Bordeaux with Kim English, This will be the 6th time Kim and I are working together on a France workshop. San Miguel again with the League in November 2014 with League instructor Sherry Camhy, and San Miguel January 2015 with the Pastel Society of America's Richard Mckinley.

Let's not forget that last NYC workshop with Australian artist Colley Whisson in October.

artist quotes

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

'Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse." Winston Churchill

"The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude." Friedrich Nietzsche

"A picture is worth a thousand words." Napoleon Bonaparte

"Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable." George Bernard Shaw

"Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do." Edgar Degas

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