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.

Web Sites

Walter Baumhofer (1904-1987) was quite the illustrator. Reminds me a bit of NC Wyeth.

Idaho artist Betty J. Billups is quite prolific and also uses her site as a teaching site...for those who want more knowledge,

Pastel Society Master Pastelist Brooke Allison was born in my hometown of NYC but left for the fresh air of Dunedin, FL.

Kirkwood, Missouri artist Cathryne Loos worked in the Federal Reserve System as a bank examiner before diving into the art world.

The figurative paintings of Ellen Strier-Petrey remind me of Isabel Bishop, Raphael Soyer and some others.

Check out the many books that California artist Joan Hansen wrote and illustrated - and her paintings.

Enjoy perusing the paintings of accomplished Philadelphia artist Kathy Weber.

Born in Kyrgystan and now living in Sacramento Larisa Napolitano received her academic training in Florence.

New Hampshire artist Michael T. Wallace relies on thousands of field sketches for his studio painting.

Co-founder (with me) of the Art Students League of Denver and heck of a pastel painter, Doug Dawson will be on the east coast to teach a series of workshops. Contact Shelli Robiner-Ardizzone for dates and places.

Miscellaneous

How about this bit of trivia about Charlton Heston: While studying acting early in his career, he made ends meet by posing as a model in New York at The Art Students League, across from Carnegie Hall. The lure to Hollywood and a contract soon ended his modeling days.

There are only three spaces left in the Paris workshop with Kim English so move your mouse clicker over to my secure registration page to reserve your spot. If you're interested but want to save some money: I might have a woman looking for a roommate. You let me know if you're interested and I'll put you in touch with her. Come soak up all the beauty and culture that Paris has to offer and visit one of my all time favorite places in France: Auvers-sur-Oise, where Van Gogh spent the last months of his life. A town that seems unchanged since he roamed the streets and wheatfields. Paint the cathredral he painted. Visit the wheatfield that was one of his last paintings. In Paris we will paint on the streets and in the parks. The Tuileries and one of the most charming and paintable streets in the City of Light - Rue Mouffetard on the Left Bank.

President Obama came to town two weeks ago and was on my street for a fundraising event. I took 3 minutes of video that I know you'll enjoy.

How about this for an interesting tidbit of news regarding the Louvre: thieves have forced the closure of Paris' Louvre museum. But an art heist was not the reason. Instead, the closure came after staff walked off the job in protest against the increasing number of pickpockets operating in the museum!

Ken McIndoe of the Art Students League of New York is teaching for me on the streets in July. Want to see some fascinating things in one of our painting locations (Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village)?? How about the pigeon man? And if he's not an interesting enough subject how about the piano man?

Well known American figurative painter Eric Fischl wrote a memoir called "Bad Boy" in which he was talking to a collector about the staggering prices of younger artists like Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst. The collector turned the conversation to the artist’s own career, which had languished since its peak in the late 1980s. "You’ve got to face it, man", the collector told him. "You didn’t make the cut." Talk about a fall from grace!

Thanks to Laurie Johnson for sending me the most amazing youtube video about a promotion to announce the reopening of the Rijksmuseum on Amsterdam. And Steve Cohen sent me this weird contest where artists put modern people in old paintings.

Remember that photo I shared with you last month of Arthur Robins carrying one of his large NY City scapes around the streets as a way to market himself and his work? Well, he wrote his feelings about the art scene. Here is the link but be forewarned if you have sensitive ears or eyes about salty language! My disclaimer: I only offered to share his thoughts - this is not an indication that I agree with them. Well, some of them I do, and some I don't.

Have you noticed that an artist’s personality shows through in their work? David Goldstein found this among his friends in his watercolor class so he spent the last 7 years studying the connection between our personality and our creative style. His new book 'Creative You: Using Your Personality Type to Thrive' helps people to find their own unique creative style and have more confidence is being themselves as they create.

Cuba for plein air painters coming in January 2014. You will love Cuba and get hooked the way I did. Space is limited so this is a great time to make your reservation. We'll be painting in Havana, and in some of the countryside locations. Wait until you experience the reality of Cuba as the painter friendly country it is. It also boggles the mind to that in Cuba typically artists make more money that doctors!

I'm teaming up with the Art Students League of New York on a tour to Vietnam and Cambodia. I'm just days away from going live with it.

I'm working with Nancy Ori, photographer from NJ in presenting a photography workshop to Giverny, Rouen, Honfleur and Bayeux in 2014.

artist quotes

"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls." Picasso

"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." Van Gogh

"Art is the only way to run away without leaving home." Twyla Tharp

"Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad." Salvador Dali

"Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do." Edgar Degas

"Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art." Miguel Angel Ruiz


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