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 3500 of your peers to see what you're up to? C'mon - next month is your turn.

My new policy: anyone who has taken 3 or more of my workshops will get a 5% discount on any future workshop. Anyone having taken 6 or more (and there are a bunch of you) will get a discount of 10% on any future workshop. Just got back a short while ago from the Kim English workshop in Paris. A really nice group it was. Kim did a great job getting around to everyone at their easels. It was so successful that I decided to sign him on for Bordeaux next year. If you're not familiar with his exciting work take a look and listen to this Youtube interview.

What's the deal with 1WorldArtTravel.com? I thought you were paintingfrance.com and Phil Levine Workshops, Inc...What's up with that, I'm often asked. 1WorldArtTravel is a DBA - Doing Business As entity. Web sites are exactly the same. Now that I'm starting to work with other arts organizations putting together trips for them I thought it was high time to add the DBA name to reflect this expanded direction.

Web Sites

Founder of the New Hampshire Plein Air Artists, Sharon Allen paints scenes of her neck of the woods in a variety of mediums.

From tax lawyer to artist, this New Hampshire artist, Aline Lotter has fallen in love with plein air painting.

Originally from my home area of Long Island Christopher Volpe left for the green pastures (and mountains) of new Hamspsire.

Eileen P. Belanger paints in oils and acrylics and is known for her detailed paintings of New England scenes.\

Originally engrossed in drawing as her main medium, Jeanne Lachance discovered acrylics and is loving it.

New Mexico artist Carla Forrest gets outside and puts paint and color (and lots of it) on the canvas.

Signature Member of the PSA, Carol Santora's passion is painting animals.

Enjoy the playful, whimsical paintings of Florida artist Lisa Freidus.

Working in oils, pastels and watercolors Indiana artist Marilyn Witt paints the natural beauty of the mid west's agricultural countryside.

New Hampshire plein air painter Melanie Christon has a background in abstraction as well.

More New Hampshire and SoCalPapa artists next month. Stay tuned.

Miscellaneous

We're going to Cuba under the umbrella of what's called a General Class license for Professional Research. My trip is designed for plein air painters BUT, photographers can come and art teachers can come as well. You don't HAVE to be a painter. You do however need the right documentation and that is provided to you.

Seeing double - Van Gogh the tweaker. What a great article in the New York Times. I thought I knew everything about his life. But what I didn't know is that he made copies of his own paintings. Those copies he did indoors.

Just last week I paid a visit to the National Association of Women Artists Inc, located here in NYC. Gotta tell you I had a great time meeting the Executive Director Susan Hammond and the board President Sonia Stark. I came to them with some ideas of ways we could work together to offer NAWA members some really fantastic travel and painting experiences. They have over 800 members across the country. This would be a great organization to support by becoming a member. In March and September of each year, new N.A.W.A. members are selected by a jury from applications and CDs. There is an amazing roster of past and present members - Alice Neel, Louise Nevelson, Isabel Bishop, Mary Cassatt, Audrey Flack and others.

Not about art but remarkable nonetheless.. Thanks to my neighbor Lainie.

Thanks again to my precious sister who sent me the following two articles.

Were the first cave artists really women? Read about it here.

All you lucky people who live in and around Los Angeles.. Lucky enough to go to the exhibit of the artist who creates an entire exhibit Inside a human ear.

Well, I knew it would have to happen. FASO (FineArtStudioOnline) has been the major player for helping artists develop their own websites. There's a new kid on the block that deserves a good look. It's called OnlineArtistWebsites.com. This is the brainchild of Erich Neubart of SoCalPapa (Southern California Plein Air Painters). It has all kinds of marketing tools to help artists, it's fast, clean and easy. And it comes with a one month free trial. What's not to like? It has a great feature called INCOMETrak that helps keep track of your Income/Expenses, Collectors and Suppliers. It keeps track of what you're spending and where, who's buying your work and for how much and where your paintings are currently hanging. I also wanted to add some information about Erich. That's a link to his site but as I found out from talking to him on the phone the guy's also a major IT guy - writes his websites from the ground up using code! Amazing!

This is the one year anniversary of Sandy and here are some photos of what my home town, Rockaway Beach looked like. The apartment building I grew up in is the 8th photo down.

And us lucky New Yorkers are priveleged to be the scene of famous graffiti artist Banksy's work.

Vermeer died when he was 43, had 15 kids but only 11 survived, and here's the kicker : HE DIDN'T BECOME RECOGNIZED FOR 200 YEARS.

Artists Wanted: Great Exposure (HA HA)... we've all been approached this way. This is a long article in the Sunday Review of the New York Times so read it at your leisure.

artist quotes

"All art intuitively apprehends coming changes in the collective unconsciousness." Carl Jung

"Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun." Pablo Picasso

"A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires." Hedy Lamarr

"An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it." Paul Valery

"The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our world than the stock market or the debates in congress." Hendrik Willem Van Loon

"Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered." Al Capp

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