Art Stuff Newsletter

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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. Wouldn't you like 3000 of your peers to see what you're up to?

Web Sites

Next month I start with the web sites of Sarah Hatch, Susan Graeber and Jeanette Jarville.

Jessie Benton Evans and Don Gray were part of the original 'Street Painters' of New York City. They were (and are) a group who went into the streets of NYC and painted with passion and without an eye to 'proper' formulas and styles. They painted large on location and had an annual show at Lincoln Center. Not the traditional plein air look but plein air painters nevertheless.

Native French lady painter Mireille Duchesne now lives in NYC and is at the Art Students League in Gregg Kreutz's class. She came on the Provence workshop I organized for Gregg about 5 years ago.

Texas artist Elaine Monnig came on a Judy Crowe workshop I put together also to Provence. See her landscapes, sea scapesm still life and figurative paintings.

Originally from the Netherlands Elisabeth Vismans tells me that "Painting is my passion and I HAVE to do it !!" So there.

Check out the amazing web site of Idaho artist Betty Billups. You can spend a week and still not see all it has to offer.

Here are the figurative and imaginative abstracts of artist Janet Hassinger.

Columbus, Ohio artist Susan Forsythe-Clem paints both plein air and in the studio (where there are less mosquitos).

Marsha Connell is an expressive colorist plein-air painter, collagist, and poet living in Northern California.

Aha! An artist from Australia - Margaret Girle has her own "School of Art Expression" in Brisbane. That's far away isn't it?


My dear sister Myrna, living in Ypsilanti, sent me a link to an article that appeared in the Huffington Post called: The Ten Most Overrated Artists in Art History. You probably are not going to agree with all or any of Mat Gleason's list but it is food for thought.

I decided to teach the thing I do best: teaching people how to put figures in their paintings. We'll be doing it in the streets of New York City May 20 - 22.. Out of towners are welcome and I will help you find reasonable lodging (yes, there is reasonable lodging in New York City).

'Jesuit priest' forger has fooled US museums for more than 20 years - yes, this a fascinating story that appeared in the online version of the Guardian in the United Kingdom.

Here's the current situation on the rest of this years' workshops:

Kim English in Brittany: two spaces left for either double or single occupancy.

Mary Muller Pastel Painting in Burgundy: about 4 spaces left. We'll have a nice small group. There is one woman interested in coming but NEEDS A ROOMMATE. Could that be you? Remember that by sharing a room (with two beds) you each save about a thousand dollars! Don't believe me? Just ask and I'll send you the math.

Tim Horn Oil Painting in Burgundy: way too early to know anything but people have begun to sign up. I like that.

This article is so funny and I hope it's not what you do: How to Sabotage Your Art Shows, Sales and Gallery Openings.

I found that article on this site. And I must say that you will find a list of amazing, fantastic, important and easy to read articles there.

Was Walter Sickert, a pretty famous English artist, really Jack the Ripper? If you have the time read this.

I rented a great film a few weeks ago called "Exit Through the Gift Shop". The movie is by famous graffiti artist Banksy. Here's a one minute movie trailer on YouTube. I can tell you that my reactions to this movie were: 1) I was infuriated by the evisceration of art this movie represents. An artist can study art and master their craft through 20 years of hard work and countless obstacles to overcome and then someone comes along and.... well, go rent the movie. 2) I was impressed by the whole film - the way it was put together!

artist quotes

The first one was written by one of this country's most important psycholigists: "A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be." Abraham Maslow

"An artist is someone who produces things that people don't need to have but that he - for some reason - thinks would be a good idea to give them." Andy Warhol

"And my aim in my life is to make pictures and drawings, as many and as well as I can; then, at the end of my life, I hope to pass away, looking back with love and tender regret, and thinking, Oh, the pictures I might have made." Vincent Van Gogh

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

This one is scary! "As for the degenerate artists, I forbid them to force their so-called experiences upon the public. If they do see fields blue, they are deranged, and should go to an asylum. If they only pretend to see them blue, they are criminals, and should go to prison. I will purge the nation of them." Adolf Hitler

Asked why never married Michelangelo said: "I already have a wife who is too much for me; she is my art, and my works are my children."

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