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 3100 of your peers to see what you're up to? Well, wouldn't you?

Web Sites

Houston artist Judy Elias incorporates vibrant color combinations in her paintings. She is also coming on the Kim English Brittany workshop next month.

New York artist Susan De Castro lives color in how she paints, dresses and feels.

Another New York artist, June Sidman paints in a style that shows the influence of Cezanne..

Sharon Muldoon of the Central Florida Plein Air Artists sent me the link to their site.

Oil Painters of America member and Minnesota artist Robert Hagberg's work has evolved to a distinctively realistic yet “painterly” style.

Originally from Trinidad and now living in NYC watercolor artist Selwyn Garraway does commissions of country houses or historic architecture.

Oakland, California artist Ellen Dreibelbis paints and is inspired by strong inner emotions.

Toronto artist Chris Vella does work that reminds me of Marc Chagall. Was he inspired by Chagall? I think so.

Here is the beautiful and unusual work of two French artists from Perpignan, France.

Charlotte artist Karen Crandall Simpson works in watercolors, graphite, mixed media and colored pencil. I lost her web site so can only post what I found on Facebook. Hey Karen - send me your site again.


Being part of the Art Students League of New York is being a part of this country's great art history. Just today I was looking through the long list of past students and picked out the following names: Edwin Abbey, Lionel and John Barrymore, Louise Bourgeois, Cecilia Beaux, Jane Fonda, Helen Frankenthaler, Winslow Homer, Calvin Klein, Roy Lichtenstein, Zero Mostel, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Frederick Remington, Norman Rockwell, Mark Rothko and Cy Twombly. I'm sure a bunch of you have been through the League's studios as well.

Thanks to Feff for sending me a link to this article called: "The Assassin in the Vineyard". A story about how one man tried to blackmail one of the most prestigious vineyards in Burgundy. I'd like to have a word with him.

I just signed up a wonderful pastelist to teach in San Miguel next January. Her name is Margaret Dyer. Check out her website here. Dates are January 8 - 15 and the lodging we have will include a studio.. how nice is that! Well, for you oil painters I have my good old friend Teresa Vito also teaching in San Miguel - this November. Some of you will remember that Vito taught for me in Provence, Bordeaux and Burgundy.

I've got to have a talk with these French artists.. What's up with them?

A repeat customer of mine is looking to find a roommate for the Tim Horn Burgundy painting workshop this fall. She's looking for a female roommate in case you were wondering. Let me know and I'll put you in contact with her.

Make your own judgement about this. Is this an example of political correctness in art run amok?

I've been taking singing lessons for the past 5 months so I can make decent sounds come out of my mouth when I play the banjo. It's rough. After 5 months I feel like I'm still pretty lousy. But the process got me thinking about what it was like when I was learning to paint. Some similarities:

1) I can imagine what I want to do with my voice but just don't have the tools yet to do it. That reminds me of the frustration with learning to paint: I could see what I wanted to create but just didn't have the tools at that point to pull it off.

2) learning technique at the beginning is more important that developing individual style. I want so badly to sing like this guy Bascom Lamar Lunsford, but my voice teacher keeps saying: "style be damned, learn technique then you can develop style".

3) Take what you're learning and push it to its limits. And you only do that so you can bring it back later. Same as with painting. Are you taking color and pushing it to its limits to discover what it can do? Then later it can be brought back.

Pearls are created by the sand getting into the oyster shell. I personally believe that we need that abrasive tension when learning something new. It's the quality needed for learning to take place. And I see that in spite of the frustrations of learning something new it's this very tension we need to stay more youthful as we age.

Colorado is my old stomping ground. I stomped many a ground there. Friends of mine from there, Dave and Leslie Allen, will be travelling to the WAOW (Woman Artists of the West) Show in Rockport TX to present the “Allen Award” for the best alla prima plein air painting! Leslie also has one of her Iris paintings in the show. Here is a link to her club the Plein Air Artists Colorado.

This story appeared a while back: 'Woman Charged for Kissing a Twombly Painting'. A woman has been charged in France for kissing a Cy Twombly painting worth more than 2 million dollars. Sam Rindy was overcome with passion in front of the work and just couldn't help herself. Yeah, I'm always telling people at my shows not to kiss the paintings, just the painter.

Harry Jackson, a Marine combat artist who turned his back on a promising career as an abstract expressionist painter to become a prominent realist artist known for his paintings and bronze sculptures of cowboys and American Indians, died Monday in Sheridan, Wyo. Here is an amazing link to a slide show of combat art. One of the 14 slides is a painting by Jackson.


artist quotes

“I'm afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.” Andy Warhol

“A primitive artist is an amateur whose work sells.” Grandma Moses

“Painting's not important. The important thing is keeping busy.” Grandma Moses

“Life is intrinsically, well, boring and dangerous at the same time. At any given moment the floor may open up. Of course, it almost never does; that's what makes it so boring.” Edward Gorey

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Edgar Degas

“There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.” Henri Matisse

"Maybe I am not very human - what I wanted to do was to paint sunlight on the side of a house." Edward Hopper

"It's to paint directly on the canvas without any funny business, as it were, and I use almost pure turpentine to start with, adding oil as I go along until the medium becomes pure oil. I use as little oil as I can possibly help, and that's my method." Edward Hopper

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