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Ouch, my Ron Paul portrait just suffered a brutal critique....

So, I'm a freshman art student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (in Chicago)... it's a prestigious school, but it can be harsh at times... I think my painting suffered a little bit of prejudice today...

I did a portrait of Ron Paul for all the obvious reasons.... today was the critique... I'm the only freshman in the class... everyone else is either a junior or senior and is way more skilled than I am... but it wasn't my skill that was under attack... here's roughly how it went...

A guy in the back: "Is that a portrait of Ron Paul?" (said in surprise and disgust).

Me: "Yes, it is...."

A Girl in the front: "Why did you paint Ron Paul?" (confused like she couldn't understand why anyone would do that).

Me: "Because I believe in his political philosophy"

the Teacher: "You mean every man for himself with no social responsibility, you agree with that?" (said really fast... almost surprised).

Me: "No, I believe in social responsibility, but on an individual level and not through government."

then they ripped in.... They laughed about how I portrayed him. They laughed about the lighting (which they said was 'god-like' or 'heavenly'). They laughed at the fact that it was Ron Paul (but ironically they liked looking at it rather than my other painting...).

They laughed at his wrinkles and his neck.... they laughed at the perspective (which was slightly from below... again, the "god-like" factor.... they said he looks like a mountain, etc. etc....).

They laughed about how ugly and grotesque they thought it was...

They laughed about how un-Christian and immoral he was because he's libertarian (ya, right)... I didn't say anything, but reflected on how ironic it was... they claimed that since he appeared all good and Christian from the perspective and lighting it was funny since he's a Libertarian, because they only care about themselves... (classic argument against Libertarians.... funny since you can't be liberal and Christian because Christians believe in liberties, and liberals/welfare, etc. are against that).

I was never trying to make a political argument through this painting... I was just painting it for my admiration of Ron, the philosophy he's delivered to me, and the inspiration it's given... I guess I shouldn't be too upset... everyone in my class sounds like a liberal or Obama supporter....

It's somewhat ironic... Ron was laughed at in the campaign, and they laughed at my portrait and said they thought it was hilarious and goofy...

Anyways, I felt embarrassed and humiliated, and not for the technical reasons, but simply by the fact that I painted a portrait of Ron Paul. Everyone has made fun of me for my support of him... but I don't care... They can laugh all they want, it won't make me waver... sometime I'll try and share a photo of it so everyone can see.

After class though two people came up and told me personally they liked my painting. One girl said that sometimes the best art is the art that pisses everyone off and causes conflict in discussion....

My teacher also asked me more about my political beliefs... had I had more time I would have stayed and completely argued my point about "social responsibility.":

I think welfare and liberalism are NOT compassionate because it takes away a person's right to choose, gives them sub-par care, makes them dependent on that care so they can never get out, allows other people to take advantage of the system when they don't really need it, creates huge bureaucracies that never end and as as result corrupt the government/political process, makes other people suffer financially by having to pay for it through increased taxes, etc.

If all that is their idea of charity, one they are not very charitable... that's criminal and cruel... two, how can anyone claim paying their taxes is being charitable/giving to charity? You're not giving your time or adding any personal element, and you're not giving by choice... You're giving because if you don't you'll get arrested. Charity requires making a sacrifice, which is doing something NOT required or NOT necessary.

I think everyone should take care of themselves. That doesn't mean they can't be socially responsible, but they should do it on their own individual level and not through government. You can't impose morals on people. To be truly socially responsible requires you to take specific effort... not paying a middle man to be "charitable" for you, which is essentially what you're doing through a taxed welfare system.

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I bet it is awesome

I am willing to bet your portrait is awesome. I have not, until now, gotten a Daily Paul login for the forum and have always browsed and never commented. Primarily because I have been wary of joining any RP sites directly (including meetups, which I just finally joined 2 days ago) in case of possibly letting slip something that was going on by stealth. I am a state delegate for Texas now and will not be attending the national convention, so no such need for so much covertness at this point. I will be attending the state convention though.

Anyway, you compelled me to join and leave a comment. You could always respond the same way that I do when people ask why I support Dr. Paul. I always ask them one simple thing... "Can you point to anything he says that is not correct?" They are always stumped. If they persist in the commentary about him believing it is "all in it for yourself", then I simply tell them that they are incorrect, Dr. Paul believes in leaving more authority to the state and local governments the way the constitution calls for in the 10th Amendment. If they still persist you can always point out socialism failed in America at Jamestown and it failed in Russia and has only thrived under strict communist regimes. That should be good enough. If they don't get it by then, then it will take them a while to see light (if ever). You can go into many details with them about the cycle of welfare and remaining on the poverty line all day, but until they see it and put two and two together for themselves... It is hard for them to grasp.

You outclassed them. You may be a freshman, but you sure did upstage the more advanced students with your brilliance and understanding of FREEDOM. I am almost also willing to bet the people in your class were Obama supporters. If that is the case, you will not be very successful in getting them to understand what that man stands for which is more war, higher taxes, less free markets, and less value in your dollar.

Sorry for rambling, but thanks for inspiring me to finally join in and speak a little to my like-minded patriots.

Those people were wrong to

Those people were wrong to treat you that way. It took a lot of bravery to make yourself vulnerable like that. I'm proud of you.

"We will never give up. We will never give in." - Dr. Ron Paul

Good Job...

I haven't read all of the other posts but I have got to say that your post brought a tear to my eye. I am so proud of you for that portrait of my hero too, Ron Paul. What a man, the omnipotent lighting feature sounds so perfect. I am like you. He is some kind of Holy, bigger than life, type of person. I have been a constitutionalist for all of my life, but when I began seeing Ron Paul he had the same effect on me. He is beyond human in a way. And I can perfectly picture your portrait. With that angelic like quality. Without even seeing your work I can tell that it is really special. I would LOOVVE to see it. I love the sound of those neck wrinkles that are so enduringly ageless and wise. You have very much inspired me by being so young, wise, and confident in this peice. Just remember they laughed at Ron Paul in those first debates!! I felt so sorry for them that they were so clueless (rudy 911 & gang). You can NEVER feel bad about supporting the most incredible, honest, experienced, and inteligent candidate that has ever ran for the President of the USof A. You are wise enough to respect and love Dr. Paul., Keep up the good work, post it if you can, and just feel sorry for those people that just can't get it. Could you imagine not being able to get RP? HELLO??? Good Luck and Hang in there.


I would love to see your painting

Please post it when you can.

Previously known as DCALIFANO

Previously known as DCALIFANO

Voice of Reason

....unfortunate that someone inadvertently posted Caleb's portrait. However, I just want to point out that *all* of the comments on this thread with the very few who related to Caleb's excellent portrait were to you and addressed your experience in your art class...your support of Ron Paul and the reasons...and our outrage that this kind of discrimination would take place at a supposedly very fine Art Institute.

Whether or not you ever post your painting (and I can see why you are perhaps inclined not to given the mistake)....the posts *to you* are exactly that...*to you.* I for one now have my own picture in my head of what you depicted through your expanded explanation above of your beliefs...and the criticisms you posted, ie. lighting that showed the "higher realm" you put the ideas of freedom in and your esteem for a man who was not afraid to speak those truths. The wrinkles that showed that he is the voice of experience, wisdom and ....yes years on this planet extolling those higher ideas of freedom.

My picture of your portrait has little to do with your years of training or the standards by which some people deem themselves worthy of accessing value or degree of excellence. My picture of your portrait ...because of what you felt and your courage in making that testimony thru the medium your art...makes it a masterpiece. Good for you, Voice of Reason. You are an artist in the highest sense of the word. You completed your thought as art. Don't ever put yourself down or allow anyone else to do so.


From artrenewal.org chairman... on The 20th Century Art Scam

"For over 90 years, there has been a concerted and relentless effort to disparage, denigrate and obliterate the reputations, names, and brilliance of the academic artistic masters of the late 19th Century. Fueled by a cooperative press, the ruling powers have held the global art establishment in an iron grip. Equally, there was a successful effort to remove from our institutions of higher learning all the methods, techniques and knowledge of how to train skilled artists. Five centuries of critical data was nearly thrown into the trash. It is incredible how close Modernist theory, backed by an enormous network of powerful and influential art dealers, came to acquiring complete control over thousands of museums, university art departments and journalistic art criticism. We at the Art Renewal Center have fully and fairly analyzed their theories and have found them wanting in every respect, devoid of substance and built on a labyrinth of easily disproved fallacies, suppositions and hypotheses. If, dear reader, you are not already one of their propaganda successes, I encourage you to read on.


Been a member for years. Turned me on to Cabanel, Godward, Alma-Tadema and Bouguereau, among others. I was blown away at how talented these relatively unknown artists are. So much beauty at my fingertips. ARC is the visual garden of the internet.

Good Form Sir.

I too am an Artist/Graphics Designer and do portraits.
We speak truth through our work.
Alot of people cannot handle the truth and look for direction instead of taking the reigns. Feel strong knowing you stood up to Tyranny on a small level. Don't let it dishearten you in the least, people always talk but none actually have the nerve to go against the grain and stand strong for what they believe in. Next time you have class and someone pipes up ask them exactly what OBAMA is going to change and have them give resonable example and how it will help america! Remember to look them each square in the eye as if to say I know something you do not.

They will respect you more than you know when you call them on their BS.

We can all say what needs to be done, but who here lead by example today?

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You are a FRESHMAN???? I'll

You are a FRESHMAN???? I'll tell you this, my friend, that is an INCREDIBLE portrait! What a talent you have. I would be proud to hang such a portrait in my living room and proud to have spent money to acquire it. Don't listen to these jealous hacks. The subtleties of lighting and the way you captured his essence is the best I've seen, and there have been a lot of artwork created during this campaign. Well done. WELL DONE!


if you're referring to the

if you're referring to the portrait posted below, unfortunately, that's not mine... that fine work was done by another Chicago artist: Caleb O'Connor....

Ah. Thanks for straightening

Ah. Thanks for straightening me out. It IS a fantastic work, that's for sure.

Advice from another artist who understands freedom.....

Beware of the art school scam. If you like portrait painting save your self some $, drop out now and start painting at the Pallet and Chisel Academy down the street for $1 a day. Or get in a REAL private program.
I am a portrait artist trained in Chicago and I can tell you, you are in the wrong place if you want to be a portrait painter and want to be around people who understand Liberty. Try some Ateliers if you want real instruction from individualistic libertarian minded artists........
Here is a link to the school I set up in Lafayette Indiana check artrenewal.org for schools around the world.

There are things you need to know about the New World Order and the Great 20th Century Art Scam .....

I would love to tell you all things that have went down.... if you are interested email me at jwerner@realizedesign.com

This article might spark your intrest......

I teach an Art History class at a local college and I get deep in economic, religious, political and philosophical movements and how tyrants and power brokers have always tried to control artistic expression.

Institutions like you are in sell you in to slavery by strapping you with $30000 a year in debt and making sure you graduate lots of modern theory and with little skill in clear communication of your ideas.

There is a reason that the art of the founding fathers was thrown out in the early 20th Century (while the FED and IRS were on their way in and WW1 was brewing) The Art of the enlightenment is not respected or taught at the SAIC or almost any other government sanctioned art school. If you seek truth you need to go to a school that resists the 20th century theory of art and teaches the 700 year old tradition.

That's fantastic!

The people in your art class sound like close-minded moronic freaks with nothing better to do than to cut someone else down to make themselves feel good.

Was your painting obviously better than theirs? If you don't think so, maybe they did and they were jealous.

I put up with crap from the people at my job for being so gun-ho on Ron Paul too... but the way I look at it is... they don't have a clue. Brainwashed, dumbed-down idiots with no life.

You need to read Ayn Rand

Read The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.

Those people who mocked you for looking up to heros make me sick. That was what they were laughing at, because it revealed what they have betrayed in themselves--admiration and striving toward the best within them. They were ashamed and scared and that's why they mocked you.


Sounds like your teacher is a socialist at heart. Free societies have the largest middle classes. Would your teacher believe that the trend we are now following is a healthy distribution of wealth? Sounds like they haven't grown up and still would like to have mommy and day pay the bills and make the rules. Socialist and communist thinking is a CANCER on our society. Nothing could be more clear. I suggest you order a few books from the Von Mises institute and hand them to the people who laughed at you. Ron Paul's summary of Austrian theory is about $3.00 and links numbers to freedom very well. We should all read and understand the ideas in this book. Anyone with a soul has trouble arguing against his views.

"Endless money forms the sinews of war." - Cicero, www.freedomshift.blogspot.com

Vincent, we're your Theos

And how you suffered for you sanity
And how you tried to set them free
They would not listen
They're not listening still
Perhaps they never will

Don't worry about it.

The soul of painting died with the figurative modernists. The future of art is craft. Get in with the metal smiths.

"the only thing that keeps the banking system from failing is general ignorance about how the banking system works."

metal smithing is just so

metal smithing is just so damn expensive. My school actually has it as a major, but you have to pay for all you own metal.

ahh, but you can deduct gold and silver

purchases as educational expenses.

"the only thing that keeps the banking system from failing is general ignorance about how the banking system works."

But then you could do trade work on the side as a welder.

Welders and metal workers make pretty good money and would help you pay for school and materials.

Free heating in Moscow

Because of your picture, in a couple of years these people might be Paulites, you know.

Some people have a very funny idea of what's "good" and "compassionate".
The people in Moscow (I don't know about all of Russia) get free heating. The guy who told me this was a 100% orthodox liberal who gave the game away unwittingly when he said "and all they have to give in exchange is their soul". Whenever some new program is announced I think of that remark.

"What does conservatism today stand for? It stands for war. It stands for power. It stands for spying, jailing without trial, torture, counterfeiting without limit, and lying from morning to night."

Lew Rockwell


That is Beautiful!!!
The Eye is amazing.

Wow, great capture of Ron Paul, it gets his character and
the revolution.

I'd love to see you do one face on. To see his full face.

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You must show this to Dr.

You must show this to Dr. Paul

i like it

looks good. a masterpiece.

The Virtual Conspiracy

? Where are people seeing

? Where are people seeing it? I haven't posted it anywhere...

See below

Someone posted Caleb O'Conner's painting (which is now on display in Crown Point, Indiana, by the way.)

haha, I had a feeling it was

haha, I had a feeling it was his that was posted and not mine... judging by their reactions, I figured it couldn't have been my painting... mine doesn't even compare.

He's got some years on you, don't forget!

Every bit of artwork, music, etc. that has been inspired by this campaign is unique and amazing. Please don't let their mockery get you down. You're really quite brave.


Sorry for swearing and caps but


I hope I can commission you for another one someday.

Your school is one of the best in the world!! Good Job!


this piece of art will fetch thousands. like right now. you are a very talented young man.