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My new policy: anyone who has taken 3 or more of my workshops will get a 5% discount on any future workshop. Anyone having taken 6 or more (and there are a bunch of you) will get a discount of 10% on any future workshop.

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Marvin Steele has a mixed Gypsy heritage and his true love for Flamenco Puro shows in his work. Check out his powerful work.

Please enjoy the colorful pastels of artist Joyce Byrnes.

Norfolk, CT artist Leslie Watkins is a plein air painter who does some really cool oil and watercolor landscapes.

Check out the playful and whimsical paintings of Florida painter Lisa Friedus. I THINK she's in Florida...

New York artist Susan Marx works to the muse of Monet, Van Gogh and Joan Mitchell. Not too shabby, eh?

New York City born artist Vicki Siegel has her own unique vision - and exciting one at that.

Upstate New York artist James Ramsdell paints the landscape that he has special feeling for.

Jan Blencowe paints the quiet beauty and diversity of the coastal Connecticut landscape.

Ol' buddy and Illinois artist Jayne Bellows paints figures, landscapes and the stil life with sensitivity.


I mentioned earlier that I'm working with the Art Students League of New York running international plein air painting workshops for them. Well, where better to bring people to than France - the other country I love? And where better to bring people to in France than Beaune in Burgundy? So that's what I'm doing. League instructor Costas Vavagiakis will be teaching but you don't have to be a League member to take the class. Out of the goodness of my heart (and our agreement) I'm letting the League take the registrations. But I will be there with you - lodging with you, having breakfasts and dinners with you, watching you so that you don't get into trouble.... and being your favorite cat herder. I've got three fantastic out of town painting locations, some not to be missed actitivities on our day off, and more information than you can possibly tolerate but that will make your trip go smoothly . So go check out my page on Costa and let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks to my sister Myrna for sending me this fascinating article called: "30 Artist Names You Are Probably Pronouncing Wrong".

Here's the story of an 85 year old woman relentlessly determined to make it in the art world. Thanks to Nancy for this story. This woman will NOT give up!

Well, that was the story of a 'young' artist. Not to be outdone check out the story of 90 year old Dorothy Krakovsky exhibiting her large abstracts.

For those of you planning to visit Monet's gardens and even painting there, you need to know there have been changes. Painters can paint in Monet's Gardens in the evenings
only - no longer on Mondays as it was for years. The Gardens are now open to the public 7 days a week. You'll have to buy a painter's ticket from the cashier and will be told when you can enter in the evening. Not a bad idea to call them and ask. They do have people who speak English. However if you email or call or fax be prepared to be patient for a reply. I mean really patient! The evening hours start at 5:30 and end at 8 PM. If you want to visit the gardens and house during the daytime hours you will have to have two tickets: one for the garden visit and one (the artist ticket) for the evening session.

51-year-old Maximo Caminero walked into the Perez Art Museum Miami and intentionally broke a vase worth $1million. Why? Because his action was intended as a protest against the fact that local artists in Miami never get a chance to be shown in museums like PAMM, while millions are spent on international artists. Read all about it.

Sometimes (only sometimes?) the art world is not fair. Read about one guy's experience in this New Yorker article.

First New York City outdoor painting workshop of the year with ol' buddy Phil Starke in April.

Second New York City outdoor painting workshop with another ol' buddy, Don Sahli in May

My first summer workshop in a long time will be with the National Association of Women Artists in San Miguel de Allende. That will be followed by, Bordeaux with Kim English, This will be the 6th time Kim and I are working together on a France workshop. San Miguel again with the League in November 2014 with League instructor Sherry Camhy, and San Miguel January 2015 with the Pastel Society of America's Richard Mckinley.

Let's not forget that last NYC workshop with Australian artist Colley Whisson in October.

artist quotes

"One of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one's own ever-shifting desires. A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought." Albert Einstein

"A work of art that contains theories is like an object on which the price tag has been left." Marcel Proust

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

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." Scott Adams

"Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy between the genius and his human qualities that one has to ask oneself whether a little less talent might not have been better." Carl Jung

"Art knows no limit, and the artists will never achieve perfection." Bente Borsum

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