I've been painting my portrait of Tsar Nicholas and his son Alexi for so long now, it must seem like a myth . I've just added it up. It's been 16 months .
I've had challenges, but the Tsar's tunic beats them all...months and months . Nicholas liked a loose tunic and the folds are many! At times I couldn't face telling my husband, yes I was painting the tunic again...
Since it must seem like a myth, I have made a short video showing the progress from day one in July 2012 to Sept 2013... well over a year
In the finale image, one can see in Sept the Tsar's tunic was still not finished.. his medals and shoulder boards etc....plus the sky is not done and I am still painting to this day, 3 months later.
But by this photo, taken in Sept 2013, a good measure of the portraits have been finally achieved For months that was not the case, they were pretty awful..
The only answer is to keep painting and that I will do...
I'm hoping soon it will be done...but who knows!
My Bronte novel goes on swimmingly and since my last post I have discovered historical novels are now hot...upon a closer look it seems what is so trendy is changing the history around to meet modern tastes
What fun is that?
For me what is rewarding when writing a historical novel is illustrating the real history . Not pulling " what if " out of the air , often just to shock and titillate .
I have found the real history is always so much more interesting than anything we can cook up. After reading some of these books, there is a sense of a missed opportunity.
Research shows respect to one's subject. But even more than that, it also gives one a treasure trove of drama and pathos to work with that should not be deprived from oneself , the reader and last but not least, the subject
Back to painting and writing!
I am visiting you to wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. I wish you a lot of pleasure with writing and painting in the new year..
Greetings form Geri
Thank you Geri!ReplyDelete
I am having a great time writing and painting I must say. I'm very lucky !
A Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you as well and thank you for your great Bronte blog!.
Great video! Love to see your work in progress Anne!ReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by Diane! Many folks make a painting a day to stay loose. I need to paint 19 months to loosen up! lolDelete