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? C'mon - next month is your tur

The Phil Starke workshop ended the other day and it was small but sweet! We had a great time painting in Greenwich Village, Washington Square Park and Central Park. Thanks to Phil, Elide, Natsuko, Midge and John (and the weather gods) for making this so pleasant.

Web Sites

Want to see someone painting in front of a huge field of Lavender in Provence? Check out Brigitte Curt's site.

Belfast artist Rosie McGurran reminds me of the American Regionalist artists of years ago.

Not often do I get a submission from a Norwegian artist. But I did this month. Jan Erik Willgohs.

Arizona artist Jane Barton was written up in Plein Air Magazine in an article titled "Following Big Footsteps in Italy".

NAPA Valley artist John Lebow is certainly not afraid of using paint... and he claims to have a little paint thinner mixed with Cabernet in his blood!

Thanks to Marilyn White for sending me a link to Russian artist Sergei Bobkov. Look at these amazing wood chip sculptures.

Neil Shapiro has a fantastic array and variety of colorful and profound illustrations.

Colorado artist and Harvard trained plastic surgeon Thomas Gargan has one interesting story to tell.


Just read this story yesterday: 'Artist Lucian Freud leaves $156 million in will".. He was one of the art world's most respected and admired representational painters.

Thanks to friend and neighbor (and dog lover) Andrea, I can show you a site that guides you into building your own site.

New York magazine devoted a good chunk of their April 30 issue to "How to Make it in the Art World". They break up the article 'tongue in cheek' into 18 rules. Depending on your perspective you might find this inspiring, entertaining or damn irritating as I did. Several thoughts come to mind: 1) the so called 'taste makers' are nothing more than junk collectors throwing their money around to look important and impress each other. 2) what they consider 'important art' is a mockery to any grounded human being who loves the art spirit. 3) the real heart and soul of art are the millions of artists who create in the old fashioned way: with brush and paint.

In case you missed it, Thomas Kinkade died several weeks ago at the age of 54. How many of you realized that he wrote a book on plein air painting? I thank Marge Drew for sending me this link to one of his plein air paintings.

Thanks to Nancy for sending me a link to an article about Kinkade: "Cottage Pornography: The Charming Enigma of Thomas Kinkade."

Now here's a unique art competition - sponsored by the National Weather Center. Plein air painting in the middle of a tornado?

The New York Times had a story titled: "These Women Refused to Stay in the Kitchen"... It's about women artists who would 'battle misogyny, skeptical relatives and heavy skirts to paint somewhere remote and possibly dangerous.' Have you heard of any of these women? What rock have we been living under?

And here's what else I have scheduled for 2012 and beyond.

Kim English is teaching a 4 day workshop in NYC May of 2012 and there's one space left because I had one cancellation. And.. I signed him up to teach in Paris next year.

Jeanette Le Grue is teaching in Honfleur - the 'birthplace of Impressionism', June of 2012 and I'm taking a waiting list. But... if you're really interested I can find you a heck of an apartment to stay in, for the same cost that's listed on my web site.

Teresa Vito is teaching in Tuscany (and what a Villa!) in September. Speaking of Teresa Vito - her partner Greg has been making exceptional plein air painting pochade boxes for a long time and finally has a web site! Give him a look.

Julie Cohn is teaching a watercolor painting workshop in Aix en Provence September 2012. Julie can teach in any medium. If you really are interested in painting in Provence consider this workshop even if you paint in another medium. There is only one space left.

Don Sahli is teaching a workshop in Tuscany in 2013.

artist quotes

"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." — Michelangelo

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." — Ralph Waldo Emerson, Poet

"There's no retirement for an artist, it's your way of living so there's no end to it." — Henry Moore

"In nature, light creates the colour. In the picture, colour creates the light." — Hans Hofmann

"As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward." Vincent van Gogh

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