All artists and attendees of academies/ateliers are trust fund babies.
Absolutely true. I spent most of my 20’s working manual labor until I found out through an email that I was actually the heir to the throne of Zambia. After receiving this email, I immediately gave them all my banking information. I am still awaiting the deposit of my inheritance into my bank account, at which time I will roll it over into a trust fund so that I can finally be an artist. Anyone who says its possible to work and put yourself through school would cause me to drop my diamond-studded monocle into my brandy snifter in shock.
Classical realists choose to hide secrets.
Absolutely true. Like a select few artists across the globe, Kate and I have been inducted into a secret organization whose sole mandate is to preserve the secrets of Classical Realism. It’s like the Da Vinci Code times ten. The most cherished secrets, which are kept stashed in a pillowcase in our crawlspace, are the complete working methods of Bouguereau, Repin, and Bob Ross. I guess you will never know how black gesso is made.