Originally Posted by Stahlberg
I just can't believe people who get paid 5 or 6 digits for painting something that could be done by anybody off the street, in about less time than it takes to drink a cup of coffee and eat a sandwich, are being 100% honest about their art and motivations.
Well, I'm not a fan of abstract expressionism, conceptual, or any other type of "intellectual masturbation" type of art. The painters I pay attention to are the painters with true talent and skill that I respect--people like Richard Schmid, Jeremy Lipking, Scott Burdick, Pino..etc. They are very successful and demands for their works far exceeds their ability to fulfill them. Morgan Weistling, another of the successful painters I respect, is so hot that collectors use lottery system to see who gets to buy his next painting. These guys are the real deal--master painters in ever sense of the word. The DVD's of their painting sessions are real eye-openers. Watching them actually painting each brushstroke and explaining the creative choices they make as they paint--you cannot fake that. I'm particularly fond of these painters because they carry the tradition of Sargent and other bravura painters. No guy off the street can do what they do.