Art Stuff Newsletter

the art newsletter about YOU....

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. I guess that after 6 years of highlighting your web sites pretty much everyone has had theirs in one of my newsletters. That's why I'm a little short this month. But don't let that carry over to next month. Send me yours!

Web Sites

Don't miss the really cool figurative and seaside paintings of San Diego artist Jeff Yeomans.

New Rochelle, NY artist Valer Larko likes to paint things that one might not consider 'pretty' but she does find the beauty in them.

Ken Voss of Denver paints some powerful images of NYC and other subjects. You must click on the thumbnails to view them in larger versions to really capture their power.

Nashville artist Jennifer Padgett does not have her own web site (yet) but I have a link to a slide show of her expressive and colorful paintings.

French painter Bernard Lorjou ( who died over 20 years ago) painted some fascinating images.


You California characters have something to look forward to. The de Young Museum is presenting two consecutive special exhibitions from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. The first exhibition, Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay, debuts at the de Young on May 22 and runs through September 6, 2010.

What's more enjoyable: the planning and anticipation for a workshop or the feeling of well being and happiness after the workshop? Nancy M. sent me this link of a New York Times article and while it's not specifically about workshops it does apply.

Kim English is teaching a workshop for me in Beaune this June. There are two spaces left. When I say 'space' I mean two rooms. Being that a number of people are taking advantage of the two for the price of one (in the same room) that means there really could be space for 4. Anyway, I've heard that some of the male spouses accompanying their painting wives might want to play a round more of golf while their wives are out painting. So... here's a link to a nearby course. I will make all necessary arrangements for those wanting to play.

What a fun video of a young girl interviewing 'dead' artist Salvador Dali! The first 20 seconds or so are a little noisy but then it settles down to something really fascinating.

I wish they would stop calling musicians artists. Musicians are musicians and artists are artists. I play the banjo but my painting makes me an artist, my playing makes me a musician.

Once again a heads up about these stupid scams that seem to be directed to us hard working artists. Carole writes this: "This one isn't even from the Crown Prince of Sudanese Republic of Kazeriztanababalon for God's Sake!!! The condensed version........ It starts out very legit....He emails inquiring about your most expensive painting, wants to buy it.. In subsequent emails won't give any info for the invoice as to who to make it out to.. then the bottom line comes as this.. (and this is where they try to nail you) "The payment will be mailed to you in an overdraft which will include my shippers fees as well. I just called him now and he has requested for an upfront before coming, and since I have no access to a lot of cash, I'm trying to kill two birds with a stone. So once you've received and cashed the check, deduct your funds and PLEASE help me send the remaining funds to the shipper".

Dear folks - don't even think about sending them any money! I did a search and found this blog about the same issue - fraud. Advice on this blog: "The way they work is to send you a check that is much larger than the amount you agreed on for your art. They ask you to send the extra money back to them, just before you find out that their check is fake. Insist on using payment methods like or and they will leave you alone".

Don't forget the September 2010 workshop to Istanbul with Gregg Kreutz of the Art Students League of NY. Most of the details are now posted on my site, including cost and information about the lodging.

artist quotes

"If you didn't have fantasies you wouldn't have problems because you'd take whatever was there. But then you wouldn't have romance, because romance is finding your fantasy in people who don't have it." - Andy Warhol

"There is no must in art because art is free" Wassily Kandinsky

"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

"To wake the soul by tender strokes of art" - Alexander Pope

"If you could say it in words, there'd be no reason to paint." - Edward Hopper

"Above all keep your colours fresh!" - Edouard Manet


Phil Levine Workshops, Inc.
69 bank Street #102. NY, NY 10014
phone: 212-414-8875 fax: 866-501-6873

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