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. This is not a juried submission.

Web Sites

One of my favorite artists and one of my favorite people are the same person: John Lencicki. I learned draftsmanship in John's class at the Art Students League of Denver 15 years ago. He and his wife Barbara, intense francophiles, have conducted workshops in France for me when I couldn't be there.

Here are the paintings of husband and wife artists John and Margaret Bayalis of St Petersburg, Florida.

Another Arizona artist who paints nature, Cody DeLong has large landscapes that invite you in and make you feel part of it.

The exciting urban landscapes of Portland painter Phil Fake.

Bill Brody goes into the Alaska wilderness with large canvases to capture mountain scenes.

Washington artist Ned Mueller's wonderful figures and landscapes.

Jim Pollock is a founding member of Artists of the Black Hills and currently lives in Pierre, SD

I've known Andi Mascarenas for over 20 years and she finally has her own site showing her wonderful sculpture and painting.

Susan Novak of Minnesota just published her first web site. Let's have a look at her oil paintings inspired by the out of doors.


The co op gallery in NYC where I'm a member (Pleiades Gallery in Chelsea) does a popular annual juried show. This is the 28th year we've been doing this and this time Steve Doherty, past Editor-in-Chief of American Artist Magazine is the juror. Click here to go to the site and download the prospectus.

I just came across the most interesting site about the last years of Van Gogh's life in Auvers-sur-Oise. This town is one of my two favorite places in all of France. The other one is the Museum of the Resistance in Malestroit, Brittany. Why do I love this town so much? It feels like nothing has changed since Van Gogh's time there. It definitely does NOT have the feel of Giverny where Monet lived and worked. Anyway, here's the link to that site. This is a long page to scroll - showing all of the paintings and drawings Vincent did while in Auvers.

What does it mean when someone says to you: "the right eyes must see your paintings"? I was told that years ago by a mentor in Colorado. Well, that means you could be waiting a hell of a long time for those right eyes. It could happen in a month, a year, twenty years (as it has for me) or possibly never. But our job, other than creating our works of art, is to share them with the world and get as many eyes as we can to see them.

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. This one will fill partly because of the great two for one deal I'm offering on ALL of my workshops.

I just read this story in today's paper about Jason Polan who has the modest goal of drawing every person in New York. Here's a link to his blog. Years ago I had a modest goal of doing a head study in oils of every person in NYC. I think I got to about 35 and then got tired of it.

Jeanne McKenzie is teaching a painting workshop for me in beautiful, sunny San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in November. Again - we have the 2 for 1 special. It used to be called the Recession Special but this all may change soon if the economy continues to strengthen. There may no longer be any 2 for 1 specials. Take advantage of it now - I only reserved 12 rooms. Anyway, there are some women looking to come on this workshop. But they would like to share one of the huge rooms at our hotel. If you're interested let me know and I can put you all in touch.

My policy is not to advertise the workshops of other organizers.... doing that would be just plain silly. However every so often there's an exception. Pastel Master Doug Dawson will be teaching a Figurative Workshop at the National Art League in Douglaston , NY July 11, 12, 13 as well as a Plein Air Workshop at The Art Guild at Elderfields in Port Washington , NY July 15, 16, 17
contact , Shelli Ardizzone. Doug has been a steady and influential force in the lives of many artists - including my own. And a good and valued friend as well.

Jim Smyth sent me this link to a site called According to the site it gives accomplished artists an opportunity to offer their paintings to the public at very low prices because they do not have to maintain gallery prices. The paintings are unsigned in order to avoid complications with the artist's galleries. Take a look and decide for yourself.


artist quotes these are all about the subject of color.

"The whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us through the mystic realm of color". Hans Hofmann

"One of the weaknesses of much abstract painting is the attempt to substitute the inventions of the intellect for a pristine imaginative conception. The inner life of a human being is a vast and varied realm and does not concern itself alone with stimulating arrangements of color, form and design. The term 'life' as used in art is something not to be held in contempt, for it applies all of its existence, and the province of art is to react to it and not to shun it. Painting will have to deal more fully and less obliquely with life and nature's phenomena before it can again be great". Edward Hopper

"Color is crucial in painting, but it is very hard to talk about. There is almost nothing you can say that holds up as a generalization, because it depends on too many factors: size, modulation, the rest of the field, a certain consistency that color has with forms, and the statement you're trying to make" Roy Lichtenstein

"Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment". Claude Monet

"Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? no. Just as one can never learn how to paint". Pablo Picasso

"I felt a tremendous affinity with Van Goghs deep feeling for the things he painted and how he exaggerated the colors of sky, chairs, faces, to bring them to almost more than life" Susan Rothenberg

"The fact that people break down and cry when confronted with my pictures shows that I can communicate those basic human emotions.. the people who weep before my pictures are having the same religious experience I had when painting them. And if you say you are moved only by their color relationships then you miss the point" Mark Rothko

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