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!