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 absolutely your turn.

Before sharing the web sites with you I just have to tell you more about Cuba. I'm starting to become an expert on Cuba travel! I had a group of artists and art lovers there in February. I am now helping the Art Students League of New York put a large trip together for January. The same dates as my own group's trip. We're going under the umbrella of 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.

Read about our incredible historic landmark hotel, the Hotel Nacional.. and the endless list of famous people who have stayed there.

Web Sites

New York artist Lynne Friedman paints some strong landscapes, including a bunch of the American Southwest.

Ol' Denver friend Leslie Allen, Emeritus Member of Women Artists of the West. just upgraded her website.

Meet East Coast artist Joyce Washor through her video introduction and blog.

Good friend and good Texan Robin Cheers does paintings that have always resonated with me.

I just discovered Ypsilanti artist Karen Wagner Coron and liked the landscapes I saw.

Karen's husband Steve Coron is a photographer.

I haven't seen Denver buddy Ken Voss in a while, but here is his website. Strong stuff.

Australian artist Colley Whisson will be teaching a class on the streets of NYC next year.



Thanks to Robin and Feff for sending this fascinating video of three guys plein air painting in NYC. Problem is they forgot to ask my permission to do it.

This page would be on interest especially to those of you who remember the first workshop (Kim English and Quang Ho - 1994) I ever organized in France.

Celebrating a divorce? Maybe you're in line for a nice hotel upgrade. Read all about it.

Even Salvador Dali would appreciate being ripped off like this.

Thanks to Nancy for this scary but true story: one suburb in China is the largest mass producer of oil paintings in the world. Don't forget to view the 23 slides.

Thanks to my sister Myrna for the following articles: How cool is it that the NYPD still has an active group of sketch artists while other departments around the country are cutting back. Whether or not you like ol' Jasper Johns, it seems a shame that his studio assistant took him to the cleaners.

I recently had an experience with copyright laws. A fairly painful experience. Without going into all the details let me just say that if you do your own web site be very careful about taking images you find on the internet and using them on your site. Whenever I offer a trip to a new place I try to find nice photos of the place and incorporate them into my site. I've been doing that for umpteen years...but just a month ago a company sent me a letter telling me the image I was using belonged to someone else and I had to remove it. No problem. I removed it. Then last week I get a letter saying I owed $1400 for using the image - even though I did remove it! Basically, anytime anyone takes a photo or paints a painting that image belongs to them and under most circumstances can't be used without the author's permission. I shoulda known.

Anyone find paintings by Matisse and Picasso worth a total of $72 million in the NYC subway? If so contact the police!

Heli Hofmann has a cool looking book out on Amazon called Heli Hofmann: Visions in Color (Post-Impressionism)

When you go to my site you will find a brand new name and logo: 1WorldArtTravel. Now that I'm organizing trips other than just plein air painting I felt it was important to reflect that in the name I use, Nothing has changed on the site, just the logo.

The question lingers: is Christo making art or not? Well, a group of people in Pittsburgh cover Pittsburgh's Warhol Bridge in yarn. These Knitters never claimed what they were doing is art... But is it or not?

Oh man! Thanks to Karen for sending me this mind boggling story of the whereabouts of some famous paintings.


artist quotes

"When they invented photography, they thought that was going to do away with the painter, but it didn’t." Detective Juan Perez, NYPD

"It is the aim of the modern artist to give expression to his inner vision of man, to the spiritual background of life and the world." Carl Jung

"The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind."
Khalil Gibran

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." Winston Churchill

"The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which mean never losing your enthusiasm." Aldous Huxley

"The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection." Michelangelo

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