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.

Before we go on I want to announce a workshop that I'm teaching in NYC this July - patterned after the successful one I taught in Paris in 2009: 'Putting Figures in your Paintings'. This is designed with one overriding goal: we'll be using photos but working on getting your figures looking as if they were painted from life!

Web Sites

Here are the colorful and sometimes playful paintings of Binghamton, NY artist BJ Tuininga

Putnam, Vermont artist Carol Keiser paints colorful paintings on tile and canvas.

If you love the Western landscape then visit the site of Arizona painter Cody DeLong.

East Boothbay, Maine artist Corinne McIntyre is happiest painting by the sea.

Columbus, Georgia plein air painter Gloria Mani is inspired by the gentle quiet of the countryside.

Enjoy looking at the fresh colors in the paintings of Indiana artist Jerry Points.

Arizona artist Marty Gibson's paintings are usually inspired by two interests - cosmology and microbiology.

New York City's own Patricia Melvin paints powerful NYC scenes - and paints with lots of paint.

Don't miss perusing the siteof Canadian artist Phil the Forecaster-- who was trained as a nuclear physicist!

California artist Rick J. Delanty paints with acrylics in the studio and en plein air.

Miscellaneous

Thanks to Nancy for pointing out a rather sad article about the death of Thomas Kinkade.

Just finished up a fantastic workshop here in NYC with Kim English. We painted in the West Village, Washington Square Park, Battery Park and in Union Square. No shortage of painting subjects here in Manhattan. It went so well I wasted NO time getting Anne Blair Brown from Nashville to teach here next May.

Here's a cool story about a Bronx artist and his paintings of Mother Teresa.

For those of you planning overseas tours or workshop or just personal travel you ought to know about trip insurance. It can be a little confusing. You can go to a web site like www.insuremytrip.com and get comparison quotes. But the first question the companies ask is: what's the total trip cost? You base the 'trip cost' on your pre-paid, non-refundable costs. So, if a workshop fee is non-refundable and the airline tickets are non-refundable, then insure the cost of both. If you'll be staying at a hotel with non refundable room policies, you'll want to insure that as well. Don't insure the parts of your trip that are refundable. Your policy cost will go up the higher your non-refundable costs are.

The New York Times Arts and Leisure section this past weekend had a very moving story coinciding with Memorial Day: "Portraits of War".

If you're a Van Gogh lover like I am, you would be fascinated by this. A group of astronomers from Texas in 2000 went to Auvers where Van Gogh spent the last months of his life painting. This was truly a voyage of discovery and re-discovery.

What Chinese collectors are really buying. Read all about it here.

Are you kidding me?? Warhol, Magritte, and Seuss Get Mercury Craters: The International Astronomical Union recently approved the names of 23 craters on the surface of Mercury, including ones for Pop artist Andy Warhol, Surrealist René Magritte, and beloved author and illustrator Dr. Seuss!!

Teresa Vito is teaching in Tuscany (and what a Villa!) in September. Speaking of Teresa Vito - her partner Greg has been making exceptional plein air painting pochade boxes for a long time and finally has a web site! Give him a look. Two apartments left - that's it.

Julie Cohn is teaching a watercolor painting workshop in Aix en Provence September 2012. Julie can teach in any medium. If you really are interested in painting in Provence consider this workshop even if you paint in another medium. There is only one space left.

Don Sahli is teaching a workshop in Tuscany in 2013.

Signed up Kim English to teach in Paris September 2013...

artist quotes

"I think a photography class should be a requirement in all educational programs because it makes you see the world rather than just look at it."— Author Unknown

"Art is making something out of nothing and selling it." Frank Zappa

"I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process." Van Gogh

"I consciously choose the dog's path through life. I shall be poor; I shall be a painter..."Van Gogh

"You can get more with a nice word and a gun than you can with a nice word." Al Capone.. I just had to throw that one in there.

"Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility." Picasso


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