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Web Sites

Check out the hand painted frames and paintings of Florida Artist Robert Boynton.

Armand Cabrera's weblog is for artists, illustrators, art enthusiasts and collectors.

North Carolina artist Timothy Chambers paints lots and lots of portraits - landscaped too.

I enjoyed looking at the watercolors of Ohio artist Charles Rowland.

We have another North Carolina artist, this time it's Marcelle Hooks. She paints lots of oil portraits too.

British Colombia artist Vi Isaac (who attended my Paris workshop a few years ago) paints in a variety of mediums. Vi is also looking for a roommate for the Margaret Dyer pastel painting workshop in San Miguel de Allende - coming up in January 2012.

Memphis artist Betty Wentworth - a repeat customer of mine, paints impasto plein air paintings.

My first teacher at the Art Students League of Denver was Mark Daily. I learned color from him.


Just got back from the Kim English Quimper, Brittany workshop and it was great - no two ways about it. Check out a few of the unsolicited comments from students. I don't make those comments up nor do I ask people to send them to me. My hands are clean. Here are a few slide shows: one developed by Jennifer Padgett (aka Feff) and the other by my own Nancy Myers. When the page comes up just click on where it says 'slide show'.

Tim Horn's Burgundy workshop is late in September - just in time for the harvesting of the wine grapes. Looking for a woman to room with a woman who's already registered for the class. And the deadline for reserving a room, either single or double, is July 11. So if you're inclined to come along, love to have you.

I've got lots of great options in Beaune for the painter as well as the non-painter: bike rides through some famous and tasty vineyards; gourmet walking tours; evening cultural events; wonderful restaurants and wine bars. Speaking of bike rides, here's a shot of one of the towns we ride to- Pommard, home of some great Burgundy wines. Total distance of the ride is about 10 miles with lots of stopping along mostly flat roads.

Here's a nice article about Thomas Jefferson's love of the geography and wines of this region.

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? I sent this same link out in a newsletter 1 year ago to the day.

Darn - we just missed this cool plein air festival in Maryland.

The Brooklyn Museum canceled plans to host "Art In The Streets," a graffiti exhibition now at LA's Museum of Contemporary Design. Seems like it lead to a spike in graffiti-related arrests. Read all about it.

Are those of us who still paint with a brush or palette knife up with the times? See what some folks are doing with a chainsaw! For me thank God they still make brushes, canvas and paint. What would life be like without 'em?

With all of the pochade boxes on the market - including some I hate, there's a new kid on the block and I like the way it looks. And it won't require you to mortgage the farm. Utrecht carries this one.

Old acquaintance Robert Genn (author of the Painter's Keys) sent this interesting email survey to help aspiring artists figure out if they've got what it takes to be artists. Take a look and see where you fit in.

As you probably know by know popular actor Peter Falk died last week. What you might not know was that he was a committed artist. He talked about discovering the Art Students League years earlier: "I opened a door and there she was, a nude model, shoulders back, a light from above, buck-ass naked. The female body is awesome. Believe me, I signed up right away." Here are two of his drawings. Number 1 and number 2.

Here's what's up for my schedule the rest of this year and next.

Teresa Vito will be teaching in San Miguel de Allende in November. Vito (as we call her) has taught for me in Burgundy, Provence and Bordeaux.

Margaret Dyer is a master pastelist and is also teaching in San Miguel de Allende but in January 2012.

Jeanette Le Grue is teaching in Honfleur - the 'birthplace of Impressionism', June of 2012. Looking for a woman to room with a woman who wants to go. Remember that if you room with someone based on my 2 for 1 special you'll each be saving in the neighborhood of $1000. Nice neighborhood.

Julie Cohn is teaching a watercolor painting workshop in Aix en Provence September 2012.


artist quotes

"On the floor I am more at ease. I feel nearer, more a part of the painting, since this way I can walk around it, work from the four sides and literally be in the painting." - Jackson Pollock

"The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a very absurd point of view, I think. All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves." - Willem de Kooning

"The child is really an artist, and the artist should be like a child, but he should not stay a child. He must become an artist. That means he cannot permit himself to become sentimental or something like that. He must know what he is doing" - Hans Hofmann

"I foresee it and yet I hardly ever carry it out as I foresee it. It transforms itself by the actual paint. I don't in fact know very often what the paint will do, and it does many things which are very much better than I could make it do" - Francis Bacon

"Colour and I are one. I am a painter." - Paul Klee

" A painting is never finished - it simply stops in interesting places." - Paul Gardner

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