Art Stuff Newsletter

the art newsletter about YOU....


OK, let's dive right into the web sites. But first - I wish you the happiest of holidays and the very best new year. May we sell every painting we've ever done - even the ones hiding out in our closets and basements. May your passion for art never end, but may you accept the ups and downs that come with the territory. May you realize from time to time the magic of paint.

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 some beautiful, colorful images from Aya Komboo out of NYC.

Another NYC artist Stacey Clarfield Newman paints India..

Fascinating to see the styles of three generations of artists: Leopold, Richard and Robert Seyffert. I met Robert on one of my Brittany workshops years ago.

Atlanta artist Susan Moreno is a contemporary abstract artist who creates art for non-traditional audiences.

Northern Virginia artist Shirley Mulligan paints batiks, collages, pastels, watercolors and mixed media.

Renee Rubin is also a member of Pleiades Gallery in New York, where I show my paintings.

Tucson artist M. Diane Bonaparte paints with soft pastels, acrylics, oils and watercolor.

Victoria Brooks captures the essence of sun-drenched images typical of California in a vibrant, impressionistic style.

Check out the academic excellence of Art Students League classmate Kenneth Wong.


This is an interesting site called famous artist news. It's a listing of all the blogs that have been published about the lives and art of famous painters.

I just signed up Tim Horn to teach a workshop in Burgundy in September.

Continuing with the discussion about "what is art", here's a different slant. I fractured a thumb playing football 45 years ago and tried setting the fracture myself. Needless to say there is a reason I became an artist and not a doctor. It never healed right and has bothered me all these years. Last month I decided to get an operation. I had no idea what the surgeon was really going to do but when I saw the post surgery x-rays I was amazed. It was a work of art. Check it out and tell me that if some of the weird things we see around are called art why can't this be?

This is great.... Everyone knows that Norman Rockwell used tons of photos to help plan and compose his paintings. Well, now there's a traveling exhibit of his work showing the photo references that he used right next to the finished painting. It is incredibly instructive to see how he took elements from his photos and moved them around in order to create his paintings. Here's a site that shows a number of his works AND the photos he used to create them.

If you're thinking of that Brittany workshop with Kim English let me suggest that you get moving on it. We'll be lodging in Quimper - here are some photo images. Remember that all of my workshops offer a two for one 'recession special'. Self explanatory, right? It means two come for the price of one (see full description on my web site).

Airplane travel is as safe as it's ever been... but if you really want to maximize your chances of staying healthy you ought to read this article on the health hazzards on planes and what you can do about them.

This is a great article from 2002 about a well known art competition (the Turner Prize) in England and the fact that conceptual art dominated despite an outcry over the 2001 winner. Wait 'till you read about what won!

The journey through the canvas: there it is, that big blank white canvas sitting there waiting for us to take some action. Let's put down the first tentative strokes. We get drawn in to this journey not fully knowing, nor fully in control of where this is taking us. We might have a vision of what we want, but there are other forces that have to be reckoned with and at some point the painting may decide to go in a different direction. Kind of like the ancient Greek gods. They had gods that personified aspects of the personality and the unconscious. We have the painting gods that take over from time to time. Maybe they put up obstacles to overcome; maybe they present a solution out of the blue. Our job is to stay open to what they say to us even though we have the free will to act on it or not. Maybe we ought to give names to the painting gods? Chaos is one. Clarity is another.. anyone else with suggestions?

I've been getting a brand new scam in my e-mail inbox. Here's an example:

Hi: I would like to make a reservation in your facility for six (6) newly ordained priests that would be visiting your country for a seven (7) days.Arrival Date: 1th Feb 2011Departure Date: 7th Feb 2011 Number of guests: 6 Number of rooms: 3 Kindly confirm availability and get back to me with cost, so that i can send you my credit card details for the rooms to be reserved. I am waiting for your swift response. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see through this. The wording, lack of information offered, etc. I sometimes write them back and ask for more details. That usually gets rid of them.

I found this post on one of the news sites the other day and I'm sharing it even though it has nothing to do with art: 'I am a rich and beautiful women.and now I'm seeking a good man who can give me real love! ain't got a tooth however'


artist quotes

"There are not only more people collecting, there are more people collecting for the wrong reasons, basically as the latest get rich quick scheme. They buy art like lottery tickets." Mary Boone

"At moments of great enthusiasm it seems to me that no one in the world has ever made something this beautiful and important." M.C. Escher

"Every good painter paints what he is." Jackson Pollock

"I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say 'he feels deeply, he feels tenderly." Vincent Van Gogh

"I realized that all the really good ideas I'd ever had came to me while I was milking a cow. So I went back to Iowa." Grant Wood

"Art is a game where impotence struts the high road and capability smiles shyly from the quiet corners." Unknown

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