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Atlanta artist Blair Mann has a lifelong fascination with art, an enormous love of color.

A member of Plein Air Painters of NY (and originally from Paris) Daisy de Puthod is leaning a bit toward Fauvism.

Jeffrey Michael Wilkie creates brilliantly colored and carefully detailed multi-media paintings.. Where?....in Hawaii.

California artist Lynn Gertenbach has traveled around the world five times to paint and exhibit. Gets me tired just thinking about that.

Jill McGannon's favorite places for plein air painting are the Georgia coast, the mountains of North Carolina, and the Italian countryside.

Did you know that Tennessee artist Sharon Rusch Shaver was commissioned to do a painting for the White House?

California artist Terry d. Chacon is inspired in her paintings and sculptures by her award winning Afghan Hounds.

Art Students League studio mate Scott Rose does some really interesting things with canvases. Here's a video I took the other day.

I met Michelle Kaufman at a party in my building last week. She does some unusual and powerful stuff.


Artist Jeff Bennett has unleashed the full force of the Dark Side on the Painter of Light’s world in a new series called "Wars on Kinkade."

Thanks to California artist and friend Barbara Fracchia..for this question put out to all of you: "When one exhibits do you feel like it has to be something new all the time? Do you feel like an older painting would be better or if there is no date can it be passed off as a newer painting? Does one feel like they are cheating and might be discovered trying to show something that was good, but did not sell?"

If you're looking for an indictment of the integrity the world of art look no further than this story about George Zimmerman. Remember him? The guy who shot Trayvon Martin. Thanks to Chase Almond for sending me this youtube video about the life, work and insights of famed art critic Robert Hughes. This is a looooong video, called the Mona Lisa Curse- one hour. But man is it fantastic and even infuriating! The shift of art from aesthetics to money. Representational painters have generally lamented the prestigious place that modern art has taken in our world. And we can discuss forever the validity of this or that style. But here are some thoughts and questions to ponder: Taking Jung's quote (below) "All art intuitively apprehends coming changes in the collective unconsciousness" how do we reconcile that with the feeling some have that modern art is a sham? Is it a sham or does it really indicate something at a deeper level that was emerging into consciousness? With the influence of modern art isn't it interesting that at the core there is a ceaseless desire to make figurative art even though it's pretty much ignored by the 'art as commodity' world?\

Here are some fascinating and conflicting quotes about modern art:

1) "Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art." Tom Stoppard

2) "Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea." John Ciardi

3) "Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered." Al Capp

4) "I am quite certain in my heart of hearts that modern art is not a conspiracy, but is a form of truth and integrity for those who practise it honestly, decently and with all their being." Michael Tippett

Thanks to my sister Myrna for sending me this article. About Christie's appraisal of the collections owned by the city of Detroit. This is a slide show so don't forget to click on where it says "show caption". Remember that Detroit declared bankruptcy and they were trying to sell off some of the collections from the Detroit Institute of Art to raise some money. This story gives some of the background.

Last month I mentioned that Vermeer used the Camera Obscura to help in his paintings. Thanks again to Myrna for telling me that a Texas inventor recreated the room in one of Vermeer's paintings. He thinks that Vermeer used some sort of optical devise to get his paintings to look so realistic. Penn of Penn & Teller, the magicians, did a documentary about the inventor's methodical journey to recreate the Vermeer painting from the "set" of the painting he recreated in his studio. The documentary is coming out in February, and it's called "Tim's Vermeer".

Thanks to classmate Linda Sager for this fascinating article about the life of Norman Rockwell.

Next up after Cuba? Painting in the perfect French village - Beaune, Burgundy. I'm collaborating with the Art Students League of New York on this one. Costas Vavagiakis will be teaching. That means league members have first eggies. Later on comes San Miguel de Allende in the summer with the National Association of Women Artists, Bordeaux with Kim English, San Miguel again with the League in November 2014 (instructor unknown at this point in time) and San Miguel January 2015 with the Pastel Society of America's Richard Mckinley.


artist quotes

"All art intuitively apprehends coming changes in the collective unconsciousness." Carl Gustav Jung

"An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one." Charles Horton Cooley

"There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept." Ansel Adams

"Man needs difficulties. They are necessary for health." Carl Gustav Jung

"The artist produces for the liberation of his soul. It is his nature to create as it is the nature of water to run down the hill." W. Somerset Maugham

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