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.


Good buddy and long time workshop attendee Errol Gordon does some cool stuff from his home in Los Angeles.

If you like bold and enthusiastic color you will like the work of German born (now in California) artist Heli Hofmann.

NYC painter Jessica Dalrymple is once again doing a Meditative Plein Air Retreat in Downsville, NY.

Joni Tomasetti has a condo in Vail that she would like to open up to artists to come and paint.

Cuba born artist Liliana Perez is without a doubt an expressive painter. Really powerful.

British Columbia artist Autmn Skye Morrison paints ethereal imaginative paintings.

Many of you know Peggi Kroll-Roberts and Ray Roberts. A couple that paints together stays together.

I recently discovered the watercolor paintings of Tuscany artist Liz Graham-Youll. I find the colors and paint handling a calming effect.. and I sure can use that sometimes. I'd love to have her teach a workshop in Tuscany soon.


Speaking of Tuscany, Teresa Vito and her workshop class returned home a few weeks ago. Here's a video I put together of their experience. Don Sahli is teaching a workshop at this very same place in June. Don't miss it!.

Watch rembrandt age through his self-portraits in this moving and emotional video

Any web developers out there? I just discovered this great program called AllWebMenus. It helps create the coolest navigation menus for your web site. I started using it for my site: www.paintingfrance.com

We just got back from the Julie Cohn watercolor painting workshop in Aix-en-Provence and I have a couple of fun (and short) videos for you to see. The first one is our group picnic and the other one is.... well, just take a look.

This time every year you hear about the FOP from me. That stands for the Friends of Pleiades and is the annual invitational show of Pleiades Gallery,. However, lately it's been referred to as the Friends of Phil, which is fine with me. So c'mon and be a part of it. This is NOT juried. You are invited. And you will have the opportunity to show in a gallery in the art center of the universe (maybe) NYC!

League classmate Linda sent me this image and brief story about a Hopper painting - how much the Brooklyn Museum paid Hopper for it and how much it went for at auction. Hard to believe.

I like this quote in Austin Kleon's book 'Steal Like an Artist': "nothing is original so embrace influence, school yourself through the work of others, remix and reimagine to discover your own path".

Ordinarily I am NOT a big fan of installations. But thanks to Marilyn White for sending me a story about Jacob Hashimoto's work.

One of the instructors at the Art Students League of NY posted a nice demo on Youtube.

If you like to keep things organized and are sick and tired of having papers and post-it notes all over the place then give this program a try. It's called Wunderlist and is free and simple.

If you've ever been to the Cathedrale d'Images in Provence you know that it's practically a wonder of the art world. My Provence groups have all experienced it. Here's an idea of what you missed but the bummer of bummers -it's now closed!!

OK... now you tell me. Is this art or what?

A picasso online for $450 - yes it is a steal!

Coming up? well, let's start with an uninstructed workshop to Costa Rica. Then the Cuba trip (and deposits will soon be accepted) and finally, before Spring rolls around, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

I have three great teachers instructing in NYC next spring and next fall: Anne Blair Brown, Camille Przewodek and Dee Beard Dean

Don Sahli is teaching a workshop in Tuscany in 2013. But this will be MORE than just painting: cooking classes, wine tasting and maybe one or two other things to do. So bring a spouse or friend.

Speaking of Kim English - I've got him teaching in Paris September 2013. And right after that I have an uninstructed workshop in the great city of Bordeaux. This is one of the famous JUP workshops: Just Us Painters. But of course there will be wine tastings available (but not mandatory).

artist quotes

"There comes a point where you see it all as completely empty being a popular artist to the extent that people who are not necessarily interested in art know about things or take some little interest. I think that now for me it's a burden. It's a bit hard to deal with and it wastes time as well." David Hockney

"It is not the form that dictates the color, but the color that brings out the form." Hans Hofmann

"One of the weaknesses of much abstract painting is the attempt to substitute the inventions of the intellect for a pristine imaginative conception. The inner life of a human being is a vast and varied realm and does not concern itself alone with stimulating arrangements of color, form and design. The term 'life' as used in art is something not to be held in contempt, for it applies all of its existence, and the province of art is to react to it and not to shun it. Painting will have to deal more fully and less obliquely with life and nature's phenomena before it can again be great." Edward Hopper

"My opinion is that the best thing would be to work on till art lovers feel drawn toward it of their own accord, instead of having to praise or to explain it." Van Gogh

"Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master" Leonardo da Vinci

"I'm not really sure what social message my art carries, if any. And I don't really want it to carry one. I'm not interested in the subject matter to try to teach society anything, or to try to better our world in any way." Roy Lichtenstein

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