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 3500 of your peers to see what you're up to? C'mon - next month is your turn. Guaranteed! I need your site - starting to recycle sites that were sent to me years ago...!

Web Sites

The first site is that of Brooklyn artist Jessica Lispski and you can see some of the influence of Mexican artists in her work.

Paris born, Colorado raised NY artist Daisy de Puthod has some really nice paintings of the Hudson Valley.

Here are the figures and landscapes of California artist Diane Olivier. She's also a francophile - and that's a good thing.

Just when I thought this was to be about NY artists I have the colorful abstracted works of Norwegian artist Jan Erik Willgohs.

Two for the price of one: Michael Cammer and Diane Cox. Love their web site.

I need an artist from Alabama just to balance out the NYC artists. How about the figures, landscapes and still life paintings of my friend and painter Amy Echols?

Now for the NYC artists. These are folks that have been in my class at the Art Students League. Christine Parker and her always exciting work; Catriona Herd - Scottish artist living and exhibiting here in NYC and in Scotland; Kathleen Gefell's street scenes, figures, interiors and still lifes. Last but not least good friend (even though she left our class for another) Linda Connelly.

Miscellaneous

Is money the ultimate authority on how good we are as artists? Thanks to Nancy for this NY Times article.

Thanks to my sister Myrna for this article on a most resourceful artist who single handedly managed to stop oil companies from putting a pipeline through his property.

Just winding down from our Art Students League Burgundy workshop and want to show you what the total experience was like.

This may not be oil on canvas... or watercolor on paper but look at this most amazing demonstration of this hallucinogenic sidewalk art.

This is not about art per se but the 'art of wine': What can American restaurants learn from the French. Well, I can't tell you how often I go into decent restaurants in NYC hoping
to get a good glass of French red wine only to find that it's being served WAY too warm. The bottle they're pouring from is sitting out in the open rather than in a temperature
controlled fridge. What are they thinking? They're thinking that red wines should be served at room temperature. Fine, but what room are they talking about? Is it a room during
the warmer months when the ambient temperature might be as high as 75? Their bad. What I've noticed on this current trip to Burgundy is that even the most ordinary restaurant or brasserie will have a wine fridge or a cave and are serving the wine at the correct temperature (which is the neighborhood of 16 degrees Celsius), the equivalent of 60 degrees Fahrenheit. They know how to make me happy.

Uncovering the mystery of the special relationship between Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt - at the National Gallery in Washington DC

If you're an artist and do not have a web site here's a group of folks that give you the tools to fairly easily create and host one for you.

Speaking of making it in the art world by finding a 'gimmick', I have some ideas and here they are: how about creating paintings of city scenes upside down? That hasn't been tried yet has it? But would the artist or the city be upside down? I need to work on that more. Or how about making pastrami sandwiches with ice cubes instead of bread? Or this one -a series of installations composed of the poop of every breed of dog in the world? Hey for that one I'll volunteer the poop of my Portuguese Water Dog. Or this one - an installation of nothing but empty air? That'll catch on. You get my drift? It seems in this insane and sometimes sham of an art world to get noticed you have to do some kind of nitwit thing. You have an idea? Share it with us.

Some of us work decades on our craft and love the process - couldn't live happily without it. And others find a gimmick that can thrust them into prominence and $. I'm sure Vincent Van Gogh would smack this person upside the head.

artist quotes

"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist." Albert Einstein

"Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist." Franz Liszt

"The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss of art's audience. Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist and the bafflement of the public." Paul Gauguin

"I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own." Jackson Pollock

"A special ability means a heavy expenditure of energy in a particular direction, with a consequent drain from some other side of life." Carl Gustav Jung

"The greater the tension, the greater is the potential. Great energy springs from a correspondingly great tension of opposites. Man's real life consists of a complex of inexorable opposites, day and night, birth and death, happiness and misery, good and evil. If it were not so, existence would come to an end." Carl Gustav Jung

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