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? Well, wouldn't you?

I am getting back from Beaune after our Tim Horn painting workshop and managed to throw together a slide show. We got lucky with 80 degree weather every day... and the wine wasn't too shabby either. We had ten on the workshop and 8 were repeat customers. That's the part I find most rewardingt - seeing and being with people I know. I see them more as friends than as clients.

Web Sites

Good friend Andi (Nura) Mascarenas, wife of Kim English, is one heck of a sculptor and painter.

New York City artist Hilda Demsky is a member of Pleiades Gallery in Chelsea.

Enjoy the wide variety of images from Tucson artist M. Diane Bonaparte.

Without a doubt John Morris is my favorite Irish artist.

Orginally from NYC and now living in the Bay Area Julia Montrond paints some delightful watercolors.

Dear Colorado/Taos friend Pat Pendletondoes some really remarkable pastels. She's made a profound difference in the lives of many people with her work at People House.

Another New York City artist (I'm not playing favorites) is Peggy Klineman. Enjoy her abstract drawings and paintings.

And yet another NYC artist? This one is Jeff Huntington and his portraits remind me a bit of Francis Bacon.

Yelena Tsarikovsky sent me a link to her husband Valéry's plein air painting web site. They are living in South Florida.


Michelangelo's David makes people go crazy! A psychiatrist in Florence says that great works of art can make people feel anything from disorientation and queasiness, to temporary panic attacks, and even moments of madness. Read about it here.

The case of LA's stolen Rembrandt intrigues art world. That's right. Weird but true and you can read about it here.

Carl Jung perhaps made the greatest contribution of all in understanding the many levels of the human psyche. He often painted the images that came to him from the unconscious. Here's a link to some of those paintings.

I wrote in a recent newsletter about so called "vanity galleries". Thanks to Ellen for pointing me to this recent article about them. Are they vulture or vanity??

And here's what I have schedule for 2012:

Margaret Dyer is a master pastelist and is also teaching in San Miguel de Allende but in January 2012. My friend Vi is looking for a roommate so she can attend this class and save major 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.

Julie Cohn is teaching a watercolor painting workshop in Aix en Provence September 2012.There are already 8 people signed up so get movin' on this one.

Thanks to my sister Myrna for sending me this fascinating video of a woman who paints with mustard and ketchup bottles. My first response was "what happened to artists who still paint with brush and paint.. has life passed us by?" The answer of course is NO. While I respect what she does I also know that we're the ones that keep the spirit of art alive by connecting the past with the future. So many of these new techniques and ways to create are important in their own right but are like the spikes in the heartbeat of art while the traditional ways to paint represent the very life force that those momentary spikes ride along on.

Do you travel to foreign countries with your laptop? I've been doing it for years and here's the problem I've had in some places: I cannot use my computer based email program to send mail. I can use it to recieve but not send. I'm talking about email programs like Thunderbird, Outlook Express or MacMail on your Mac. Sure I can always use web based email like Google Mail but I much prefer the organizing abilities of my own email program. Well, on this trip I've discovered how you get around this issue. Go to and sign up for their program. They give you simple directions on how to change the SMTP settings in your email program so that you can send emails. Works great!

artist quotes

"The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purpose within him." Carl Jung

"I feel the need of attaining the maximum of intensity with the minimum of means. It is this which has led me to give my painting a character of even greater bareness." Joan Miro

"No longer shall I paint interiors with men reading and women knitting. I will paint living people who breathe and feel and suffer and love." Edvard Munch

"So I said to myself-I'll paint what I see-what the flower is to me but I'll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking the time to look at it-I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers." Georgia O'Keeffe

"Painting is the grandchild of nature. It is related to God." Rembrandt

"All my life I have worked to be able to earn my living, but I thought that one could do good painting without attracting attention to one's private life. Certainly, an artist wishes to raise himself intellectually as much as possible, but the man must remain obscure. The pleasure must be found in the work." Paul Cezanne

"To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs." -- Aldous Huxley

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