There is a growing opportunity for painters
to make a living by painting
historical landscapes using old postcards or photographs as reference
I recently experimented with this by taking three old faded, black
and white postcards and reconstructing the landscape. They were
scanned and printed and sold in the area they were painted. This could
be done in any location should you possess the skill of an adequate
painter and a modicum of flair for color and drama.
This painting (24"x36")depicts a
flood in a main street of a seaside
town in 1892
Taken from the postcard immediately above.
This depicts a dry dock in the same
town 1895. I applied a Turneresque
look to the scene.
These paintings were also made into
postcards and small prints for
which I receive a small income.
Again, the painter should not be so elitist
as to spurn such work. Society has, and always will, treasure such
should they be atmospheric and definitive. With the right training a
could always make a good living traveling up and down the coast, or
the country just producing such pieces of work. You might find the
Historical Societies are also interested in commissioning such work -
surely have a wealth of material you could use!