Today's post is dedicated to John Stewart, the art of the piece on which I wanted to focus. As a little background, John is a California artist who worked in Hollywood for years and years. I actually met him through his comments on my blog and he's provided valuable feedback and insight into the world of artist who work for the movies or television. John is an accomplished artist of his own right, I really enjoy his blog "A Drawing Per Day" and I hope you are encouraged to do so as well.
"Early on in my career as a film artist (in 1977) I got an assignment to do a portrait of Bette for a mini-series called "Harvest Home" or "The Dark Secret of Harvest Home". I got to meet her and sat in her dressing room, sketching her and conversing with her. She told me about all of the famous artists who had done portraits of her, which made me even more nervous than I was already. She was smoking, which didn't bother me because I was a smoker too. I finally decided to take some photos and return to my hotel art studio. The assignment became huge and I did up to 60 drawings and 2 oil portraits, (even did one of Rossana Arquette) and was on location for 9 weeks. Quite an adventure...."
-(John N. Stewart)
Bette Davis is absolutely one of my favorite stars and the idea that anyone that I am even in distantly connected with met her is tremendously exciting for me. I would have loved to be a fly on that hotel room's wall. I've always wondered whether the movie-commissioned paintings are done from life or photograph, and it makes me very happy to know that (in some cases, at least) they allow the artist to meet and bond with the stars. I can only imagine the plethora of stories that artists such as John can share.