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OK, let's dive right into the web sites. 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. This is not a juried submission. Wouldn't you like 3000 of your peers to see what you're up to?

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Colorado artist Jeanne Mackenzie who has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine’s Best of the West is teaching a workshop for me in San Miguel de Allende in November. Bring a friend and save $1000 - more or less!

North Carolina artist Rebecca Patman Chandler's love of plein air painting has taken her to Greece, Spain, France, England and Italy.

Conor O'Brien paints mostly about northern Alabama (where he lives) and southern Tennessee.

This unusual and entertaining web site belongs to Ronald Raasch who has enjoyed drawing the weekly political cartoons for the Central Oregonian newspaper for the last 11 years.

Judith Carlin of NYC is a studio mate of mine at the Art Students League. Judith's work is powerful and unique.

I would describe New York artist June Sidman as being influenced by the Fauves.

Atlanta studio and plein air painter Ingrid Bolton graced me with her presence (and that of Robert, her husband) on the recently completed Kim English Burgundy workshop.

I just got an email from two wonderful artists out west. Check out their scultpture and paintings here (Martha Pettigrew) and here Delmar Pettigrew.


I'm writing this two days after returning from the Burgundy workshop and I have to say it was one of the most successful and delightful in memory. One reason was the age range. We had painters (and non-painters) from ages 18 to 88 and all ages in between. It made for a dynamic and fascinating 8 days in the beautiful wine country of Burgundy. Here's a slide show compliments of Henry Meininger and other contributors - it's a long one but be patient and savor each photo as if each were a sip of great wine. Here's a nice article about Thomas Jefferson's love of the geography and wines of the region. And last but not least is the article about us that appeared in the local paper Le Bien Public.

This Burgundy trip was so incredible others put together slide shows as well. Here's one by Nancy Lloyd. This one's fantastic and if you can guess who her daughter is in her photos you get $50 off the San Miguel workshop!

How about this for a new outdoor painting group: 'The Harlem Street Painters'. It was organized by old friend Maria, who left the suburbs and moved lock, stock and barrel to Harlem.

And yet another NYC plein air painting group. The story of the Central Park Plein Air Painters appeared in the New York Times this past weekend.

Are you a fan of Cezanne? Here's a 9 minute youtube video of his paintings interspersed with some of his quotes. As great as he and Gauguin and Van Gogh were in their time I find it amazing that Cezanne actually counseled young artists to "turn their backs" on Van Gogh and Gauguin. Couldn't be envy and jealousy could it?

Don't forget the September 2010 workshop to Istanbul with Gregg Kreutz of the Art Students League of NY. Bring along a friend and share a room - 1/2 cost for each of you. This class will be limited to 12 students, but we're going to have a number of non-painting spouses coming along as well. And the workshop to San Miguel de Allende with Jeanne Mackenzie is about 1/2 full so please this is the time to act!

Thanks to Betsy Meininger for sending this fantastic youtube video called "how to open a bottle of wine with your shoe"! This one's in French.

artist quotes

"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.". Picasso

"Bad artists copy. Good artists steal". Picasso

"A grocer is attracted to his business by a magnetic force as great as the repulsion which renders it odious to artists." Honore de Balzac

"The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they're always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back." Norman Rockwell

"Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing." Camille Pissarro.

"If I didn't think what I was doing had something to do with enlarging the boundaries of art, I wouldn't go on doing it." Claes Oldenburg

"Painting is easy for those that do not know how, but very difficult for those that do!" Edgar Degas

"We are here on earth to do good for others. What the others are here for, I don't know." W.H. Auden

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