Here are some sites that I believe are worth looking at. While I don’t endorse all that is represented on them, I find them highly valuable for encouragement, movtivation, and instruction in my journey as an artist.
Oil Painters of America - oilpaintersofamerica.com Dedicated to the preservation of representational art. The web site says, about the organization, its mission is “to advance the cause of traditional, representational fine art by drawing attention to the lasting value of fine drawing, color, composition and the appreciation of light.”
Portrait Society of America – portraitsociety.org The Portrait Society web site says it exists “to increase aesthetic and technical knowledge of the practicing portrait artist, artist’s representatives, art students and the general public.” The annual portrait conference and competition are a big event and worth attending if you want to learn more about this challenging form of art.
The Art Renewal Center – artrenewal.org This is a fantastic web site with reproductions of some of the greatest artists of all time. The site was developed by passionate people who are serious about encouraging a return to realistic art. The site states;
“For over 90 years, there has been a concerted and relentless effort to disparage, denigrate and obliterate the reputations, names, and brilliance of the academic artistic masters of the late 19th Century. Fueled by a cooperative press, the ruling powers have held the global art establishment in an iron grip. Equally, there was a successful effort to remove from our institutions of higher learning all the methods, techniques and knowledge of how to train skilled artists. Five centuries of critical data was nearly thrown into the trash.”
Read more if you want to be enveloped in the world of beauty and art.
The Google Art Project – googleartproject.com This powerful web site will allow you to browse some of the most prestigious museum collections. Be prepared to spend hours.
The Brandywine River Museum – brandywinemuseum.org America’s most respected family of art, the Wyeths, were nurtured in the Brandywine Valley of Pennsylvania and this museum showcases their work. N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth are worth studying.
John Singer Sargent – The Complete Works – johnsingersargent.org This is the one you want to browse to see all 939 pieces on display. Sargent’s work is a standard for artists today.
Underpaintings – underpaintings.blogspot.com “A forum posted by Matthew D. Innis which celebrates excellence in Representational Art – past, present, and future.” Matthew is a very fine classical realist painter but this blog is the best place online to relax your mind and soak in the world of art that I have found. He is both an artist and art historian so you will always learn more about the craft from masters of old but also about what contemporary artists are doing. Up to date, visually stimulating, and carefully presented, this blog is one of those that never lags or gets dusty. Thank you Matthew for an outstanding web presentation.
Pipes By Design - This is a site with the most ingeniously sculpted pipes you will ever see, created by my son, Jonathan Drake. This artistic endeavor grew out of his love of pipe-smoking, and the pleasure of taking raw material and turning it into something he conceive in his head. Each design is customized to fit the intended owner, drawing inspiration from their particular interests. These are gifts you will not find anywhere else in the world and represent some of the finest pieces of art crafted for a unique purpose.