|3. Illustrating Fables and Legends
Painters have been doing this for ever -
from cave painters to artists
at the end of the 20th Century. Sadly there is little of it today
this gives the versatile and patient painter an excellent chance to
To understand the importance of such
paintings as Gerome's 'Police Verso',
shown above, one only needs to understand that the whole visual feel
detail of the very successful 'Gladiators' movie was, according to the
director Ridley Scott, based entirely around such 1890's work. It is a
shame Gerome is not around to claim his legacy. Someone who was however
is H R Giger whose paintings and drawings were the inspiration for
'Alien' movies. These works in turn related back to Goya and Blake's
century gothic works.
Others might include:
You should look toward your imagination and try and paint such
or perhaps marrying such legends (St.George) to modern events as
as I have done with 'Perils of a Chemical Life' below. It is good
to be working on one or two of such paintings in the background to your
usual commissioned or current work.
Any Shakespearean theme
St. George and the Dragon
The Pied Piper
The Homeric Epics
The Old Man and the Sea.
Any of the Myths of the Gods.
Beauty and the Beast (48"x48")
Thor God of Thunder (48"x48")
'Perils of a Chemical Life'(48"x48") - This
is a modern day allegory
based on the St.George theme where the knight attempts to rescue the
stricken maiden who appears as both the serpent and the girl.
|Even though this type of painting appears,
a first glance, attractive
to only a small market the painter should always remember the first
of selling a painting: that is to produce a painting for the one person
who cannot live without and not to paint for that 99 out of 100 people
who will think it is OK. This happens regularly as galleries are often
seduced to hang bland, mediocre works always attractive for the widest
possible range of people. Serious collectors however always favor the
unique work that has obvious craft and value.
Should you need to appeal to wider audience this should be done with
smaller works with affordable prices rather than quicker large
Remember your small purchaser today will become your collector of
so always have some smaller works priced accordingly at any showing.
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