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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

Here are the web sites of a NYC husband and wife team of artists. This one shows the figurative drawings and paintings of Lynne Chrapliwy and this one shows the expressive and colorful paintings of her husband Lawence.

Lisa Freidus of Wetpaint Gallery sent me this link which actually show the work of 7 artists including Lisa.

Visit the online studio of Florida artist Pamela Ross showcasing paintings, murals and original faux works.

San Diego artist Susan Smolensky paints with a vigorous and painterly hand.. Visit her site here.

Upstate New York artist James Ramsdell paints the landscape that he has special feeling for.

New York City painter Susan De Castro specializes in painting the colorful still life.

I just got back from a visit to Provincetown on Cape Cod and saw a book of paintings by local artist Anne Packard.


Don't miss reading this great article on Hopper and his exhibition coming up at the Whitney in October.

How do we artists deal with envy and jealousy? Do artists feel these feelings? Hey, we're artists - we don't feel those base human emotions (yeah, right). OK - here's my take on it. Envy and jealousy are two different things. Envy says: "I want what you have". Jealousy says: "I want to destroy what you have because I don't have it". We could envy another artist for their financial success, for the publicity they get, for the success at showing and selling their work, etc. Envy make us want what the other has, but can motivate us to get those things for ourselves. So envy can propel us. Jealousy is the dark side of envy. Whenever I feel this my first reaction is to put down the person I'm jealous of. When I see myself doing that I know I'm just being jealous and I say to myself: "hey dude, what's up, you're jealous aren't you?".. Just saying that to myself takes the sting out if it and seems to transform jealousy back to envy. Try it sometime. Of course you'll have to replace dude with your name!

Speaking of jealousy and envy. Here's the story of 7 year old Kieron Williamson one of the world's youngest and most successful selling artists. Why that so and so!

What's coming up for me? Well, there's beautiful San Miguel de Allende with Jeanne MacKenzie in November but that's just about filled.
Then comes a new location, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. This is being planned as uninstructed. We have one of the most beautiful hotels on the island so bring family and friends.
Then in June of 2011 we have Quimper, Brittany. I'm fond of describing Quimper as the Paris of Brittany. Kim English will be teaching that one.. And as much as I loved Burgundy two months ago I jumped at the chance to do another one there. So lo and behold - I do have another one in June of 2011. But being that I'll be with Kim in Brittany I have two very good and capable friends running the Burgundy one for me. Pastelist Mary Muller is teaching that one and John and Barbara Lencicki of Denver are running it for me.

I recently joined something called It's a community created by artists for artists, a place where you can express yourselves with paint. I created a group there as a way to keep in touch with all of you great artists who have been on past Phil Levine workshops. There have been so many of you over the years and I've always wanted a way to to stay in touch and hear from you -see what you're up to and what's coming off the ends of your respective brushes. That kind of thing. It's free to join. Just go to this site to sign up and then to this page on their site to find my (our) group. For September they're running a competition for plein air paintings - just submit a plein air painting/sketch to the competition. Email Adrian here if you have any questions about any of this.

Thanks to Art Students League classmate Linda for sending me the link to a follow up of last month's Norman Rockwell story in the New York Times. This one's about Rockwell's models who get together for reunions and to share stories and experiences.

There's been an art reality show on TV this year called 'Work of Art: The Next Great Artist'. I watched one of the shows and became furious with the so called judges. How cruel and judgmental they could be as if they have a corner on what art is and isn't. What is art? I thought I used to know, but now I'm not so sure. I can pass some graffiti on the sides of buildings while riding the train leaving the city. Some of it's incredibly beautiful to me. Then I can get turned off when I go see a show at a museum and they need a written thesis below the work of art to let the viewer know what he/she is looking at. Reminds me of the book, the Painted Word by Tom Wolfe.

The painter, Wolfe writes, "had to dedicate himself to the quirky god Avant-Garde. He had to keep one eye peeled for the new edge of the avant-garde Breakthrough of the Century.... At the same time he had to keep his other eye cocked to see if anyone in le monde was watching." Anyway, back to what is art. I have a suggestion. Each one of us gets one day to be the sole and supreme judge of what art is. No one else can say anything. When it's your turn have at it and tell the world what art really is. Can't wait 'till it's my turn! At the Art Students League of NY I see some people creating things that I really don't understand. I just assume that whatever they're doing has meaning to them so I don't judge it. It's all art.

Speaking of graffiti, there's a gallery show in the Hamtons called "Down By Law" featuring graffiti by some of it's pioneers.

artist quotes

"Everyone has talent at 25. The difficulty is to have it at 50". Edgar Degas

"In a successful painting everything is integral.. all the parts belong to the whole. If you remove an aspect or element you are removing its wholeness". Richard Diebenkorn

"I remember Francis Bacon would say that he felt he was giving art what he thought it previously lacked. With me, it's what Yeats called the fascination with what's difficult. I'm only trying to do what I can't do". Lucian Freud

"I am a night painter, so when I come into the studio the next morning the delirium is over. I come into the studio very fearfully, I creep in to see what happened the night before. And the feeling is one of, "My God, did I do that?". Philip Guston

"Let's just paint from our heart and not search for the next gimmick to attract attention" - Anonymous

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