In the November issue of Professional Artist magazine, there’s an article about realist painter Mel Leipzig. His paintings are great as are his methods but I found the most absorbing theme to be his resolute pursuit of realism in the face of obstacles. Realism never really goes out of style although other movements, styles and technologies come along. These new concepts are needed for the life of artmaking yet realism is sometimes dismissed as anachronistic. So, artists like Leipzig keep forging ahead, dedicated to personal vision, in spite of the voices that seem to insist that realism is done.
What an inspiration. I took up my brush again with more dedication a few years back and I found his thoughts about education, the need for active studio practice and most of all the pursuit of personal vision to be just what I needed to hear.