THE FANASTIKIDS (AND ME) WISHING YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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.

Websites

Friend and NYC painter Mary Li paints eclectic realism ranging from subways to Bodhisattvas.

Native of Peru Maria Elena Kaplan paints in oils and captures the character and color of her native land.

Artavita is an online gallery where artists can see and be seen. And on this gallery site I found the paintings, woodblock prints and drawings of George Pavolich and the drawings and paintings of Janet Trisler.

Here's the web site of Anne Blair Brown - teaching for me in NYC this May.

And let me not leave off the site of Camille Przewodeck - also teaching for me in NYC in May.

Rose Lynch, an ex pat from Brooklyn, and now somewhere in the grand Southwest, paints powerful abstract landcapes.

NYC artist, Shelli-Robiner Ardizzone, paints colorful and expressive florals, landscapes, figures and the still life.

Miscellaneous

It's worth seeing this most amazing story about poor kids in Peru who've built musical instruments from the trash found in a landfill and have even created an orchestra out of that stuff. Thanks to upstairs neighbor Lainie for sending the story to me.

A question to ponder: With all the wild and weird stuff that appears and disappears from the world stage of art: Is painting going the way of the dinosaur? My answer - hell no! Weird stuff will come and go but painting will always be. Remember that song by Danny and the Juniors? Well, that's the way I feel about painting. The heart and soul of art has always been and always will be putting paint on canvas (of course I'm also talking about putting pigment on paper and all forms of sculpture - don't want to leave you guys out). '

I'm off to San Miguel de Allende in a couple of weeks and then turn around again in February for the workshop in Cuba. But later in the spring things really start to pick up. Next up will be Don Sahli in Tuscany - and this is painting but also cooking classes for those who want it, wine tasting and visiting vineyards of Chianti. I'm excited I'll tell you that! In May I have two outstanding painters and instructors coming to teach right here in NYC: Ann Blair Brown and Camille Przewodeck. But to see the full lineup go to my home page. I've spent years putting that site together - the learning curve using Dreamweaver is endless.

Did you know (I didn't) that the Lincoln Tunnel was closed on orders by then President Kennedy for the arrival into NYC of Edvard Munch's famous painting: 'the Scream.' A story in the Village Voice explains the obscene influence of money in the art world.

Here's a site that talks about 5 trends in art in 2012. One of the trends, according to them, is sloppy abstract painting. It's almost funny but not quite. Thanks to Nancy for sending me this link.

In response to my blurb last month about combat artists during WWII I receive two really interesting responses and links. This one from Steve Randall: "Phil - thanks for sharing the link to combat artists of “They Drew Fire.” As you know, there have been combat artists working in several wars and conflicts since WWII – Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, etc. Here is another combat artist link for your records and to share if you want."

Kay Burrus sent me this: "Hi Phil. I always enjoy your newsletter. Seeing the article of WWII combat artists made me think of Ken "The Dauber" Pridgeon. He started the Memorial Art Gallery in Baytown, Texas by painting portraits of fallen heroes fighting In Iraq and Afghanistan. Here's a link to his website and a link to a moving Youtube video."

artist quotes

"In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom and in water there is bacteria" ... Benjamin Franklin

"A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people." Edgar Degas

"The act of painting is about one heart telling another heart where he found salvation." Francisco de Goya

"I see only forms that are lit up and forms that are not. There is only light and shadow." Francisco de Goya

''Whoever wants to know something about me (as an artist, the only notable thing) ought to look carefully at my pictures and try and see in them what I am and what I want to do." Gustav Klimt

"Cezanne, you see, is a sort of God of painting." Henri Matisse


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