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 turn.

This is a call - women wanted! That's right, I've started putting together specialized group tours for women. This is not about painting although painters would be welcome. This is about women's travel and itineraries designed around that. My first target would be a tour to Cuba but I would need a woman to run it for me. You would need to be bilingual, will get your expenses paid and make some money as well. Let me know if you're interested and I can tell you more about it.

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Colorado native Cheryl St John paints with oils and watercolors - primarily outdoors.

Irish artist Chris McMorrow makes colorful paintings and prints of street scenes and pubs of Ireland.

Puerto Rican artist Frances Picó paints powerful abstracts and is involved with the San Juan Art Students League.

Good friend Jessica Dalrymple of NY and NJ is once again organizing a plein air painting/meditation retreat.

Located near the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia Lawrence Altaffer paints representational landscapes, working primarily in oils.

California artist and buddy Tim Horn is one heck of a painter.

Every once in a while I like to honor my memory of, and friendship with Charles Sovek. He influenced lots of us artists.

Gahanna, Ohio painter Richard Clem is versatile - paints en plein air and in the studio.

This is too cool. An artist in NYC was just photographed carrying around one of his large paintings through the streets. This is a resourceful way to market paintings. His name is Arthur Robins. His friend Robert Lederman was arrested many times trying to get the laws changed about artists showing and selling their paintings on the streets. To be continued.


Dick Blick bought Utrecht Art Supplies - have you heard? The deal adds 45 stores to Blick’s network of 39. “The acquisition of Utrecht gives us a tremendous, well-established brand and greater geographic reach for our brick and mortar channel,” said Blick CEO Robert Buchsbaum yeah blah blah blah.. Tell me what this means for Utrecht employees and Utrecht brand. I just got off the phone with one of the Utrecht employees after my visit to the 12th street store in Manhattan (only to find the store empty and for lease). The employee said that for the time being both brands of paint: Blick and Utrecht, will be for sale at the Utrecht stores. He wasn't sure if Blick was going to keep the Utrecht canvases - and I LOVE the stretched canvases Utrecht has.

Thanks to buddy ol' Steve Cohen for this: Can you believe that an art and design college actually wanted their students to buy a blank art history book? yes, you read that right -a blank book!

How many artists do you know from history who are now exalted but who suffered through terrible disparagement and ridicule in their lifetime. We know of what Van Gogh went through and what happened to Rembrandt. Bouguereau was one who suffered greatly but like some of the others had his reputation resuscitated after his death.. read about it here.

Can a lunatic paint? Look at Hitler's paintings.

Thanks to my dear sister Myrna for this pretty cool story: an airport type scanner was used to find a hidden image under a famous mural at the Louvre. Next time you buy a painting at Goodwill take it to the airport and have it scanned.. who knows what lies beneath? But wait, Myrna sent me more.. This one is about Van Gogh's disappearing reds and is remarkable what we can learn about Vincent over a century after his death.

How many of you out there have received email scams that sounded like someone just dying to buy one or more of your paintings? Here's an example of the kind of scam - I got this one last week.

"Hi, I'm Betty Hammond from California. I was going through your works and my eyes caught this particular piece, I want to purchase it as I am moving to a new apartment next month. Kindly let me know if you still have the piece available and also let me know it's final price and more information about it. I will be waiting to read from you.
Regards, Betty." All you need to do is plug in her name and Google her. This is what you'll find.

Don't forget that Anne Blair Brown of Nashville, TN is coming to NYC to teach later this month. And my main man from the Art Students League of New York Ken McIndoe is teaching on the streets in July. Thanks to Ellen you can be inspired to paint in NYC by watching this 15 minute incredible video about the Ashcan School!

Then Tuscany with Don Sahli and Paris with Kim English. I still have a few spaces available for Kim.

I'm working with the Art Students League of New York on a tour to Vietnam and Cambodia. Almost ready to go live with it.

Cuba for plein air painters coming in January 2014. You will love Cuba and get hooked the way I did. Space is limited so this is a great time to make your reservation.

I'm working with Nancy Ori, photographer from NJ in presenting a photography workshop to Giverny, Rouen, Honfleur and Bayeux in 2014.

artist quotes

"An artist is always alone - if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness." Henry Miller

"A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself." Abraham Maslow

"An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one." Charles Horton Cooley

'The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web." Picasso

"Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better." Andre Gide

"Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced." Leo Tolstoy

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