ACADEMIC XENOPHOBIA

Once upon a time, the French Academy dictated what was considered Fine Art and what was not. If one did not follow these rules, he was considered unskilled, untalented, and scorned by the Academy. We use ‘He’ here because the official Academy did not admit women. These regurgitated governmental dictums held sway from about 1850 […]

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EACH TO THEIR OWN DEVICES

In his book ‘Secret Knowledge’ Hockney and Professor Martin Kemp, discuss known visual procedures of past Masters. This evidentiary material allows the reader to arrive at their conclusions. Their is more than enough scholarly evidence that Vermeer, and many others, used a form of ‘Camera Obscura’ or curved mirror as a visual aide in their […]

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Post-Card Kiddy Porn

The Putti Paintings of William-Adolphe Bouguereau pose an openly disturbing question. Are these fluttering Putti, naked Ninos and pre-pubescent young girls Angelically endearing or Bacchanalian post-card porn. These Images of breast caressing maidens awaiting spoil were typical of the Salon paintings of the era that saw the demise of Academic History Painting Bouguereau is, without […]

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R.U.D.I.M.E.N.T.S

The nine-session introduction to Renaissance drawing systems begins on Friday, September, 6th. 10:00am to 11:00am. This program will consist of intensive one-hour demonstrations with anecdotes and critiques. Attendees will be given hand-outs, follow-up exercises and reading suggestions. The groups will be small for these classes, please reserve your spot ahead of time.

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AND APPLE A DAY

We are often asked the difference between Realist and Representational Art. The image to the left is, of course, a photograph. Photographs are what realist art is compared to. This illustration of an apple is an example of what one might find in a vintage seed catalog. It actually describes the apple in terms of […]

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ENTER THE ARENA

COMPETITIONS CAN BE A SEDUCTIVE MISTRESS. Painters are in general an insecure lot that spends an enormous amount of time alone in their studios wallowing in self-doubt. Artists, in general, feel a tremendous need to be accepted by their peers not the mention the prize money which is often substantial. The underlying problem is that […]

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THE JURIES STILL OUT

To Salon or not Salon_This famous painting ‘Le studio de l’artiste’ by Courbet was rejected by the French Government, as were many of his paintings. Courbet never won the prestigious Prix de Rome. He along with Corot and Millet are considered the founding fathers of Realism. We all remember their names but we remember very […]

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the great white debacle

There are several types of white oil paints available to the Painter. One’s choices include Lead Carbonate, Lead Sulfate, Stacked Lead White, Flake White, Cremnitz White, Flemish White, Lead-based Foundation White. The non-lead whites: Flake White Replacement, Zinc White, Titanium White, Lithopane, Non-Lead Underpainting, or Foundation White and Transparent White.  The are three workhorses on […]

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THE ALCHEMY AND CRAFT OF PAINTING

One should make it a point to know as much as possible about their craft. Many Painters are fascinated by the materials and techniques of the Old Masters. The methods or procedures used are far more relevant than the materials. The materials available today are far superior to those used in Renaissance and Barque periods.  Some […]

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Utrecht Oil Paint Review

PROSPECTUS: Utrecht has been carefully handcrafting Utrecht Artists’ Oil Colors in its Brooklyn, New York, mill for more than 50 years. These fine oil colors are prized by professional artists around the world for their brilliant color, buttery texture, outstanding lightfastness, and excellent long-term performance. High pigment concentrations guarantee superior tinting strength and remarkable vibrancy […]

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