NONFINITO – The Art of Unfinished

This is a repost from a Anthony Howell Journey post from 2013 with pontifications by the editorial staff of The Society of Figurative Arts and Artists Nonfinito or the Art of Incompletion “Infinity, though of another kind, causes much of our pleasure in agreeable, as well as of our delight in sublime images. The spring is […]

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Beaux-Arts Tradition

CLASSICAL TRADITION “For me a work of art must be an elevated interpretation of nature. The search for the ideal has been the purpose of my life.” – William Adolphe Bouguereau – Not my favorite painter from the Beaux-Arts tradition, but as I have said many times, he and his contemporaries vision of classcism was […]

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The Book of Bones

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Michael Mentler releases his first sketchbook collection which transcends his reader through his thoughts and lessons learned from the great masters of the art world. Access the incite, the creativity, and the logic that makes the abstract and/or realistic appeal to the viewer’s eye. Learn from the man who brings back Leonardo Da Vinci to modern day times.

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Saint Petersburg Academy of the Arts (Repin Academy)

There are many schools out there the claim they are teaching in the classical tradition who are not teaching anything remotely close, and have little or no direct linage to those traditions.The Gold Standard in traditional training in Architecture, Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture, with a 250 year linage, is the Repin Academy in Saint Petersburg, […]

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DVD: Heads, Faces, and Features (Volume one)

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90 Minute instructional DVD on Heads, Faces, and Features. (Volume one) this volume deals with the bony structure and proportions of the skull and muscles of expression.

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Contrapposto Torso Workshop

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This figure drawing crash course will deal with developing a blueprint for drawing the human form. Michael will deal with the whole figure in context with a focus on the structural relationships of the spine, pelvis, ribcage, shoulder-girdle, and upper extremities. He will decode Da Vinci, demystify Durer, reveal the rhythm of Raphael, and methods of Michelangelo.

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Prix de Rome

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These are not exactly house hold names and most of them have long since faded away. That’s what happens when you let the state dictate taste. There are a few good painters in the bunch who did decent works apart from official salons and there are those who are enamored with craft and mimesis that champion the history painters of the […]

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The Figurative Arts Defined

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What is Figurative Art – Here is the Term Definition from the Tate The term has been particularly used since the arrival of abstract art to refer to artists that retain aspects of the real world as their subject matter, though in a general sense figurative also applies retrospectively to all art before abstract art. Modern figurative […]

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Renaissance Overview

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Renaissance The Renaissance was a fervent period of European cultural, artistic, political and economic “rebirth” following the Middle Ages. Generally described as taking place from the 14th century to the 17th century, the Renaissance promoted the rediscovery of classical philosophy, literature and art. Some of the greatest thinkers, authors, statesmen, scientists and artists in human […]

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Ruskin on Anatomy

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Mister Ruskin, who is wrong on most things art, elects to downgrade the whole of art to appeal to the common man.  This is an attempt to place visual literacy as the same level of attainment of all art past or present.  Ruskin’s vision of naturalism largely propagates the idea that we draw what we see, this […]

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