|1. Filling the gaps of history
Don't let anyone tell you this
is not a legitimate endeavor for a painter. Someone once spoke thus to
'How could you paint Shakespeare
or Fletcher Christian,' they scoffed indignantly, 'did you ever meet them
or see them? You can't just go around doing that! Anyway, they died hundreds
of years ago.'
I replied, 'I don't expect Leonardo
met the Virgin Mary, nor to my knowledge did Carraviggo meet John the Baptist,
or was Michaelangelo ushered into the presence of God for painting purposes...!
I also expect neither Rembrant nor Rubens was present when Jesus was lowered
from the cross'. And all these things happened over one thousand four hundred
years before they were painted.'
In fact it is the artists duty
and obligation to do exactly these type of paintings and make them believable.
Thus will we enrich history for those coming after us.
First of all let's look at portraits
of those folks who were not captured by photography or painters of their
time. Perhaps most became notorious well after the event. Anyway here are
two examples that have been used on book covers, magazines and in television
documentaries from which I gained financially by my agent selling a limited
copyright. The originals, of course, I usually retain and will will to