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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.

Web Sites

Utah artist Simon Winegar paints tonalist landscapes that convey his deep feelings for the country he paints.

Lorraine Oberg is a Canadian artist of Ukranian descent who paints "works from the heart"

Pennsylvania plein air and studio painter Rodrica Tilley is a member of IPAP and paints uniquely in pastels and watercolors.

Ohio artist John W. Carlson paints and draws the figure in a way that searches for the core, that center of the thing, the emotional DNA of his subjects.

William McCarthy of Connecticut paints atmospheric landscapes done from memory and imagination out of
his basement studio. (It's a nice basement).

Colorado landscape painter (and good friend) Tim Deibler has been granted Signature Membership status in OPA (Oil Painters of America).

Ex-Pat American artist Mary Breneman (also a good friend) now living and working in San Miguel de Allende does some pretty powerful paintings.


I just returned from the San Miguel workshop and here is a link to that slide show. When that page comes up you can click where it says 'slide show' and then on "show info" to see titles. My apologies as some photos came out too small, some too large and some are not identified. Timothy Horn instructed this workshop and you ought to see his web site.

Every so often I glance back at the works and words of the late Charles Sovek. The other day I paid a visit to his wife Peggy and spent some time in his studio. She let me take home two of his self-portraits. I absolutely love them and feel they keep alive the connection he and I had. In going through his web site I found a really great article he wrote called Avoiding Perfection, which really resonates with how I feel about painting.

Kim English is teaching a workshop for me in Beaune this June. It's the perfect time of year to paint and tour around this special region called Burgundy. There are great restaurants, plenty of cultural activities, the most varied and diverse landscape in France and of course some of the greatest wines in the world. It's one of my favorite places in all of France to spend time.

Want to see the work of an artist who makes sculptures out of hundreds of thousands of pine needles? Of course you do - check it out here. I thank Marilyn White for sharing this.

Thanks to Elizabeth Perkins I have the most amazing thing to share. This video shows the winner of "Ukraine''s Got Talent", Kseniya Simonova, 24, drawing aseries of pictures on an illuminated sand table showing how ordinary people were affected by the German invasion during World War II.

I witnessed the most amazing thing. A group called Universidad Nacional de Automna Mexico brought a team of dentists in from Mexico City, set up a huge tent and provided free dental services to the poor people of the surrounding area. Twenty stations were set up using modern dental technology servicing over 1000 people in 7 days. I took some photos that you can see here.

Ellen Bradshaw sent me a link to a NY Times article about a new wave of gallerists who are turning their homes into art galleries.

Don't forget the September 2010 workshop to Istanbul with Gregg Kreutz of the Art Students League of NY. The reputation of Istanbul's contemporary art scene has been steadily growing in recent years with it recently being called "one of the most innovative in the world" by It has also been named 2010 European Capital of Culture. Details are still being worked out.

artist quotes

"Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing". Camille Pissarro

"The artist is the antenna of the race". Ezra Pound

"They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn't. I never painted dreams. I painted my reality." Frida Kahlo

"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way-things I had no words for". Georgia O'Keeffe

"Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art." Leonardo da Vinci

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