Terry Strickland,
Terry Strickland, "Kintsugi," 2016, oil, 24 x 36 in.; Strickland is on the faculty of the 3rd Annual Realism Live virtual art conference

From the Fine Art Connoisseur September/October 2022 Editor’s Note:

Looking Forward

It is hard to believe 10 months have passed since we concluded the second edition of Realism Live — a virtual art convention that teaches realist techniques for painting and drawing portraits, figures, landscapes, flowers, other still lifes, and more. Like the inaugural edition in 2020, last year’s was a huge success, and now the team from Fine Art Connoisseur and RealismToday.com are busy finalizing Realism Live 3.0. Realism Live

As ever, this event has been designed for artists and enthusiasts at all levels of experience, from the highly accomplished to those just starting out. Beginner’s Day will occur on Wednesday, November 9, and the main program will follow on November 10, 11, and 12.

By press time we were thrilled to have secured for our faculty some of the most outstanding artists in the field, including Clyde Aspevig, Todd Casey, Michelle Dunaway, Daniel Graves, Lisa Egeli, Rose Frantzen, Cornelia Hernes, Alex Kelly, Michael Mentler, Chuck Morris, Ned Mueller, John Pototschnik, Sarah Sedwick, Terry Strickland, Dustin Van Wechel, and Glenn Vilppu. More renowned talents are being added to the roster every week.

Beginner’s Day will help all viewers — not just novices — get to the next level, opening their eyes and enhancing confidence in their ability to paint and draw. On offer for the following three days are art instruction demonstrations, critiques, and roundtable discussions among artists and other experts.

For all sorts of reasons (not just pandemic-related ones), the art world has gone digital in a big way. Once again, Realism Live participants will use Streamline Publishing’s sophisticated community platform to interact; it is set up so that you deal only with our faculty and your fellow registrants. This is not an event open to the general public. Our participants have hailed from 30 countries, and now we are expecting an even broader turnout.

The beauty of it all, of course, is that everyone can participate safely from their own homes and studios. Our previous registrants have learned from the faculty, built a community and support network for themselves, and made lifelong friendships. They tell us that what they learned has kept their work looking real, but not like a photograph; that they can give their impression of a scene without going too far; that they feel better equipped to convey the truth in their own artistic voice; and that they have created a signature look. Best of all, they continue to grow and learn from what they experienced. These are impressive results after only four days together.

Please visit realismlive.com now to learn more and register, and see you this November, at the latest.

P.S. If you can’t make the actual “live” dates, don’t worry: replays are available to all who sign up (but not to those who don’t).

Fine Art Connoisseur
On the cover: Jordan Sokol (b. 1979), “Portrait of Edmond Rochat” (detail), 2016, oil on panel, 13 x 12 in. (overall), collection of the New Salem Museum and Academy of Fine Art, Massachusetts.

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