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. This is not a juried submission. Wouldn't you like 3000 of your peers to see what you're up to?

Web Sites

Jamee Aubrey of Santa Barbara paints in oils, watercolors as well as doing prints and drawings.

Creston Colorado artist JD Marston does some beautiful color and black and white photos.

Artman Greg Huff responded to my rant about the TV reality show "Work of Art" by sending me this link to his interview with the winner, Abdi Farah.

Canadian artist Lorraine Oberg gets her passion from art from her Ukranian father - a violinist and her mother's rich creative persona.

Sonoran Desert (Arizona) artist Jane Barton paints richly textured figures and landscapes.

Colombus, Ohio artist and dear old friend Susan Astleford (AKA Susette) has painted throughout Europe and just returned from a month in Italy.

Another Santa Barbara painter Fauvist Expressionist Kathleen Elsey, reminds me of Vlaminck.

French contemporary figurative painter Guri has some lively paintings filled with character.


I just came across the most fascinating online magazine called "Poets and Artists". Take a look as the pages of the magazine turn automatically from one artist to the next.

My friend Lois Griffel, who taught a workshop for me in Paris some years ago, came out with her second book: "Painting Impressionist Color". A great book from a cool lady - see it here on her site. She ran the Cape Cod School of Art for a long time and recently left New England to settle in Arizona.

Karla Nolan, another artist friend - this one from Colorado, sent me this link to a guy who creates fantastic sculptures from recycled tires. Check out the animals he sculpted.

Call to Artists Deadline September 15, 2010 Boardwalk Arts and Music Festival October 9 & 10, 2010 (rain date Oct. 11).

The Boardwalk Arts and Music Festival is a two day, non-juried outdoor art and music event located on the Boardwalk at Playland in Rye, NY along the beautiful Long Island Sound. Seeking artists and craftspeople in working in all mediums. For more information on how to participate, please email Heather Patterson at:

Don't forget that in June of 2011 I'll be bringing folks to Quimper, Brittany to paint with Kim English. I already have 5 people signed up so I know this one's gonna be hot. I reserved a limited number of rooms in the number one rated hotel in town.

Nancy sent me this story "The Case Against Art Show Entry Fees".. Good reading.

Another artist (and a darn good one) was having all kinds of frustration with so called creative block. Here's what she (Robin) wrote me: " I was reading "The Artist's Way" and hoped it would help me with some of my frequent bouts of creative blocks. But it seemed to be more geared towards people who had given up the idea of being creative at all .... and I still have to work through those blocks and figure other artists do too... SO.... I thought I'd turn that blog into a resource for working artists who are creatively challenged. I'm working on contacting artists to contribute ideas, lessons, tips and tricks... even funny stories. Hopefully over time it will develop and become a good resource for artists. Head over to her blog and check it out - contribute your ideas.

I used to organize photography workshops but haven't scheduled any in 5 years. That might be changing. A photographer I know, Tim Poly, is considering teaching a 3 day workshop on the streets of NYC in the spring of 2011. Here's what he says: "This workshop will provide information and insights to create more powerful photos and explore the foundations of photography as a visual language.. You'll learn how to see compelling compositions and how to use lighting to convey your vision. You'll discover how to make color, line, shape, texture and perspective work for you. You'll leave with creative tools to improve your photos and also get access to photo editing programs that are free and easy to use. All digital cameras - cell phone, point and shoot and DSLR - are welcome".

I'm sure this will have broad appeal to painters as well as photographers. For more information about Tim and his work e-mail me.


artist quotes

”When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art.” -- Marc Chagall.

”An artist is not paid for his labour but for his vision.” --. James MacNeill Whistler

”Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end of the day." -- Winston Churchill.

"I never finish a painting -- I just stop working on it for a while." -- Arshile Gorky

"Real painters understand with a brush in their hand ... what does anyone do with rules? Nothing worthwhile." -- Berthe Moriset.

"Do not worry about your originality. You could not get rid of it even if you wanted to." -- Robert Henri.

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