Art Stuff Newsletter

the art newsletter about YOU....

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? C'mon - next month is your turn.

Web Sites

I'm pleased to start off with the extensive and well organized web site of Idaho artist Betty Jean Billups.

Kentucky artist Bill Guffey is a self-taught artist working mainly in oils with brushes and palette knives.

I enjoy looking at the peaceful oils and pastels of North Carolina artist Kevin Beck.

Larry Cannon is a watercolor artist who paints the landscapes and seascapes of Northern California - mostly en plein air.

Ol' buddy San Diego artist Mary Ford paints some colorful paintings... and flies (in a plane of course).

Here's a nice and odd web site... thanks to Cory my drumming buddy from Provence. Play around with it for a while.

Eric Fischl is perhaps New York's most famous painter. Click on the paintings link on his web site.

And one of San Miguel de Allende's most famous artists is Peter Leventhal. An ex New Yorker.

This is NOT to be believed. Thanks to my sister Myrna for sending this video of Thomas Deininger's recreation of a Monet painting using old toys!

Classmate Judith Carlin started out as an actor and expanded over the years into writing and directing and ultimately became a filmmaker. Her mother developed Alzheimer's so she quit filmmaking to take care of her. After her mother died everyone assumed Judith would return to filmmaking but suddenly found a mad desire to paint. And that's what she's been doing ever since. She loved the storytelling and exploring the human condition in her filmmaking. This is what she tries to bring to her paintings.


The show 60 Minutes recently did a story on the life of Vincent Van Gogh. The purpose of this piece was to create doubt about the cause of his death. Very interesting. You can see it here. But I was amazed at one ridiculous omission. The bodies of Vincent and Theo are no longer in the cemetery at Auvers sur Oise. Their bodies were exhumed years ago and returned to Holland! Yet these studious authors stated that they were buried there. Made my blood boil!

Want to see a more thorough job of research into an artists' life? Thanks to Nancy here's one about Edward Hopper in trying to locate the subject of one of his famous paintings.

Good buddy Steve Cohen sent the link to this amazing video of someone doing a painting on an iPhone. Gimme a break.

I don't know who dreams this stuff up but it is pretty creative. Thanks to Sara Linda Poly for sending me this most remarkable video on art - sort of.

And here's what I have scheduled for 2012:

Margaret Dyer is a master pastelist and is also teaching in San Miguel de Allende but in January 2012. Find a roommate and save huge bucks!

Kim English is teaching a 4 day workshop in NYC May of 2012.

Jeanette Le Grue is teaching in Honfleur - the 'birthplace of Impressionism', June of 2012. Remember that if you room with someone based on my 2 for 1 special you'll each be saving in the neighborhood of $1000. Nice neighborhood. This workshop is almost filled.

Julie Cohn is teaching a watercolor painting workshop in Aix en Provence September 2012. This workshop is also almost filled so get movin'.

I thank Ellen for sending me this cool kaleidoscope. You can use your mouse to play with it for hours... or minutes.

I've painted at least 35 self portraits in my lifetime as an artist. Many of them documented what was going on in my life at the time - any changes, etc. But they also wind up expressing some changes that occur on a deeper level. They're never planned but just come off the end of the brush. Many of these self portraits are what I would call rough around the edges, until my most recent one. This to me is the first one I ever did that shows me as kind of handsome - and that's a first! This one took one hour.

Looking to expand your plein air painting? How about plein water painting! Check out this 1 1/2 minute video sent to me again by my cool sister. What's next??

artist quotes

This is a special issue of quotes - by Carl Jung. Many of these are applicable to us as artists.

"The greater the tension, the greater is the potential. Great energy springs from a correspondingly great tension of opposites."

"Without the playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth.The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable."

"All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination?"

"We must be able to let things happen in the psyche. For us, this becomes a real art... Consciousness is forever interfering, helping, correcting, and negating, never leaving the single growth of the psychic processes in peace."

"Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain."

"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside awakens."

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