Yeah, I think we should be chasing a setting sun rather than seeking a new one. It's true, for about a hundred years painters following the 'grand manner' were producing dull, uninspired, monotonous pieces, and only a few were able to resist that. But that lead to what we see today...a hideous reaction.
I'm not one to say that one style is the only style; people can do what they want. But proper drawing and painting skills are so blatantly dismissed nowadays.
Although we should't completely regress, we should at least build upon, or draw from what the old masters achieved...instead of completely disregarding them.
But anyway, that's just my lowly opinion. Thanks for the replies! M Winther, I really like your 'Golden Blackbird' painting. The use of colour is wonderful.