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 3000 of your peers to see what you're up to? Want more proof that you should submit your site? Last month one of the artists web sites had a 1,164% increase in traffic for the month! To borrow a phrase from some financial guru: past results are no guarantee of future results.

Web Sites

Judy Wengrovitz, a Hunter College graduate, specializes in realistic watercolors - Including scenes of NYC.

I'm going to have the chance to meet Roger Dellar in Brittany next year. Here are the wonderful paintings of this United Kingdom artist.

Cosmo is the bartender at one of my favorite NYC watering holes. He also paints. Go to his site and look for 'portfolio'.

How about two English artists in a row? Here are the paintings of James Preston of Derbyshire.

Check out the bouyant works of clay sculptor/potter George Palovich of Sun City. AZ.

Southern gal Robin Cheers started a blog for artists to contribute ideas about how to deal with so called creative block.

Jean-Pierre Vieville found me somehow- he's from the South of France and does abstracts.


Speaking of 'creative block'. Here are my ideas about it: When those blocks come they're really coming from a deeper place in us - a place that's difficult to really understand. It's from the unconscious and it's painful but by sticking with it and not running from it, eventually something new starts to emerge into consciousness. A new direction. But I believe it also takes work on our part so it makes us an ally of our unconscious - the ego and the unconscious working together. So what do we have to do to help in that process? Maybe just being open to some new ideas that come but that don't come shouting. The new ideas come with great subtlety. Maybe we even reject them when they come.

Want to see about what Father Guido Sarducci says about art school? Someone sent me this link and I can't remember who.

I'm sure many of you know what Hopper's painting "Sunday Morning" looks like. Right underneath the painting I inserted a photo I took of what that location looks like today. It's on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village just off Avenue of the Americas. Then there's another of his famous paintings: The Sheridan Theatre. The theatre was also in the Village but was torn down in 1969.

If you're thinking of that Brittany workshop with Kim English let me suggest that you get moving on it. It already is 3/4 filled - a rarity for so early in the game.

I thank good buddy Skip (a private investigator of note) for sending me this great article about Will Barnett, 99 year old artist still painting! The Art Students League of NY just hosted a large display this month: “Will Barnet and the Art Students League,” an exhibition that honors his centennial year and his influence on generations of artists, and includes works by renowned league students and colleagues like Louise Bourgeois and James Rosenquist.

I've decided to offer a class to help people incorporate figures in their paintings. I taught this class in Paris in 2009 and am now offering it in New York City June of 2011. It's a real passion of mine and pretty much dominates what I do as a painter. As a result I've learned so much about how to put 'convincing' figures in my paintings that I want to share it with you.

artist quotes

Special edition of artist's quotes - all from woman artists. I thank Kathryn Charles for sending them (next month I'll include the one's I couldn't fit in)..

You must create your own world. I'm responsible for my world. -- Louise Nevelson

I believe that it is crucial for women artists to situate ourselves in the context of our own gender, class and ethnic histories and struggles rather than in relationship to male histories. -- Judy Chicago

I get up early and ease into the day for about an hour. Then I start working. There are a lot of tricks you have to keep playing on yourself to keep at it because every time you hit a problem you want to walk away. -- Janet Fish

I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration. -- Frida Kahlo

I look out the window sometimes to seek the color of the shadows and the different greens in the trees, but when I get ready to paint I just close my eyes and imagine a scene. -- Grandma Moses

If painting is no longer needed, it seems a pity that some of us are born into the world with such a passion for line and color. -- Mary Cassatt

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