I'm still here.
I've become increasingly frustrated with the limitations of this blog format.
Long ago, I explored and rejected the idea of a video. The limitations of a paperback book and the high cost of the final product didn't appeal to me as a good way to teach and so I began this blog.
But then the technology changed (think iPad) so I am working on an eBook with step-by-step detailed photos and text. I can teach and illustrate the basic principles of painting Classical Realism in a very simple, clear and basic way. You don't even need an iPad as you can download the free Kindle app on your computer to read an eBook.
I have kept Einstein's quote near my easel since I began this blog.
It took a long time to devise one single lesson that contains every basic principle you need to know plus all the tips, tricks, techniques and methods I have learned over the years.
Painting is more simple than most people think. But it is currently "hard" for most people because hardly anyone knows - or teaches - the fundamental rules of how to paint classical realism so everyone from a beginner to advanced can "get it."
The book I am working on will teach Classical Realism as a "craft to be mastered." I try to spell it all out and it doesn't require a huge talent or drawing skills - just some patience and hard work.
But once you master the fundamentals of classical painting - then the art really begins.
So, nearly all of the actual step-by-step photos are done. About 65% of the text is written. And 80% of the specific detailed illustrations are finished.
When that is finished, I will have to edit the manuscript, make corrections, paginate and index this eBook. The cover ought to be a piece of cake.
Then I need to figure out how to upload the entire eBook to Amazon so it can be downloaded via their Kindle section.
It's a big job. I'm glad that I didn't know how big and complicated it would be before I began or I would have had second thoughts. My goal was to finish this fall....but that won't happen. So I just keep plodding along and will let you know when it is done.
Thanks for your patience.