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Marc Dalessio's Social Media for Painters/Artists

The aspiring art student or interested layperson will more often than not find it difficult to see great classical realist/contemporary art without having to travel to a major urban area. Fortunately, plein air painter Marc Dalessio has posted some great information relating to some of the best contemporary realist art resources the Internet has to offer on his blog titled Social Media for Painters.

Marc's favorite social media platform is Pinterest. It is a hugely popular service and works well on mobile platforms but the site has that us only, quasi-membership attitude that so many other social platforms unfortunately have. wasn't known to me when I read Marc's post and it does have an incredible amount of works by older, less known historical artists like two of my ancestors, George Dunlop Leslie and his dad, Charles Robert Leslie.

The site is a little clunky (the top menu font is too tiny if you resize the browser to ½ a screen) and the auto loading of pages is both helpful and yet excruciating at the same time; I can never take advantage of the bottom footer information (that is actually readable on a 1920 x 1280 screen) and the never-ending webpage quickly eats up my browser cache (not everyone runs an i7; this site is terribly non-mobile data friendly.

One of the more exciting services is of course Instagram and Marc is right to mention it. At its best this is Facebook but without any of the nonsense and there are many great artists posting work or fans of them posting images. Certain hashtags will pull in multiple realist artists (one might never found them organically). I'd like to see a rise in Instagram use over Facebook.

I like services that function well at home on Linux and on my mobile Android tablet. My latest RSS libre/free software (FOSS and no ads) on Andriod is called spaRSS which can be downloaded from F-Droid or Google Play. It allows you to sort feeds in folders and will save the feeds locally for when you don't have service or on a wifi-only device. One may simply usee the webstagram feed to grab any Instagram feed without having to be a member.

I was happy to see the phenomenal podcast Suggested Donation included in Marc's blog (how could it not?) but was a little sad not to see The Sculptors Funeral podcast included. At the time of this post, there was no RSS feed available for the latter. Marc makes good to mention the Rational Painting website which I have been a member for many years now.

One of the commentators at Marc's blog mentioned was another podcast, Artists Helping Artists which is hosted on Blog Talk Radio. This show is, at times, slightly difficult to listen to due the pacing of the show but Leslie Saeta does our industry a great service by bringing together years of experience and thousands of pointers (especially to those just starting out). They do have a RSS feed and can be downloaded directly in VLC. If you ever use the embedded chat client at know that it was AHA that inspired its creation.

Goggle+ is also missed in the article by Mr. Dalessio, albeit understandably; the largest search engine in the world is still having trouble fleshing out social media. I have been searching for the typical who's who of realist artists on Google+ and its a bit of a challenge at first.

Google and its services (this blog for example) are at both immediately inspiring and threatening (they have worked with the NSA in the past and have been specifically called-out by freedom whistle-blower Edward Snowden in 2014). I refuse to run the G+ service on my home computer and have several privacy packages enabled to minimize Google's all-seeing-eye on my other devices.

Google also has a tenancy to abruptly change or cancel services without much warning. Remember too though, your privacy is most likely taken from the source through your ISP (looking at you Comcast).

In conclusion, Marc's blog is a great resource for not only social media information related to realist art but is a real treat in its own right; his portraits are absolutely fantastic. Be sure to check out his website at Large images of his landscape paintings may be found at