Friday, September 14, 2007

Cast Drawing Video

This post was on the site that was taken down so i thought i would provide it for those who missed it or were trying to find our link to it.

Available now Cast Drawing Using The Sight-Size Method from Classical Ventures. It has high production value and is a good example of one of the versions of the Sight-Size Method for Cast Drawing.

Bargues Book Finally In 2nd Edition Due Out In October 2007

The Bargues Book (The Charles Bargue Drawing Course also called The Course Design or The Design Course) will now be available in its new 2nd edition from a close friend of The, Gerald Ackerman, (search for his many amazing books on Gerome and others - now unfortunately out of print) the "Godfather" of Classical Realist (yes Gerry i know you hate the term) scholarship. The second edition will be available only in Hard Cover at a price of $95.00. To pre-order yours e-mail the Dehesh Museum at

Our Favorite Museum Announces It's Closing

To those CR and Realist artists living in New York The Dahesh Museum was a private oasis. At any time the museum was gratefully quiet allowing the viewer intimate time with the largest 19th & 20th Century European Academic Art collection outside of Europe. Hours could be spent gazing carefully at their amazing gem like Geromes or any other masterful painters of the past in their focused collection.

The wishes the museum the best on their efforts to find a new permanent home for the collection and praises it for it's mission to built it's own web site out with more of it's works.

We will miss you!

Disappointment About The Original Emil Carlsen Book

A few months ago we announced that the original Vance Jordan Publication on Emil Carlsen would be available. Unfortunately after about 200 hours of re-typesetting and working with the Vance Jordan Estate (and their lawyers) and notifying the original author -- the project had to be pulled. We worked the last year in good faith believing they supported the project but at the time of launch they decided to not republish.

As you can image this was a huge disappointment as we offered any amount of the proceeds they wanted to keep and the rest was to go to our non-profit to create a scholarship fund for artists in Vance Jordan's Name.

Since this was a huge blow to the organization, we are currently working on our own Emil Carlsen Book. It will be MUCH larger, include more color photos, and be written from an artist point of view: including a catalog of his still life props (based on when we believe he might have purchased them), and more details about his technique. Depending on the final direction of the book we might also include some or many of the still life works of Pushman, Weir, Twatchman, Duveneck, Chase, Chardin, Ribot, Vollen, and Carlsen's own son Dine working in a similar style. Already we have uncovered almost 100 more Emil Carlsen works not shown in the original publication, or works that had been marked "location unknown" or previously had no color picture at that time which are now available.

So please be patient with us as we must now buy, request, and get permission from all the different people and institutions to allow us to use images of the works.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

New Classical / Representational Resource

There is a new Classical / Representational Resource now available on the web for artists. Matthew Kinsey has just launched The Classical Workshop (

The Classical always welcomes and supports all efforts by our community to add to the breadth and availability of information for artists on the web and elsewhere. All our best Matt!