Stanley meeting Livingstone Plato

OK, so you can now see the possibilities should you want to research the subject matter, and have the technical skills to produce a painting that has both feeling, drama and definition. In my atelier my primary duty is usually to give students the skill so they can paint whatever style or method that might suit the period - or otherwise, should they determine something else is required. That is up to them and their reasoning. In this sort of work it is important for future copyright use that the artist refrain too much from 'stamping their personal style' on the work; instead making the painting identify with the time and place or the person and particular event. This sometimes needs much research - but the rewards are great should your portrait or work become the definitive one, as did my Fletcher Christian. You see it was well researched had the benefit of not looking like Mel Gibson, Marlon Brando or Erol Flynn!

Beware that, like the novelist or actor, you might become so attached to some period or person it could almost become obsessional - as I nearly did with my late 18 century era of sail and romanticism.

Finally you need to put these images where folk who need them can see them and this means originally on the web, and perhaps giving them away free (within defined parameters) to educational and other non-profit organizations that require them from time to time.

GO TO ... Ordinary things OR ... back to lesson list

FILLING THE GAPS OF HISTORY

MAKING ORDINARY THINGS EXTRAORDINARY

ILLUSTRATING FABLES AND LEGENDS

RECONSTRUCTING LANDSCAPES OF TIMES PAST

PAINTING PORTRAITS AND COMMISSIONS

PAINTING FOR DECORATION

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