I'm an artist whose deep interest in history led me to reenacting. I soon realized that painting while people watched was nerve-wracking for me and not very satisfying for them. About as interesting as watching paint dry, I should say. Yet people got very excited at the chance to shoot a bow or make a corn dolly.
Then I had the brilliant idea of engaging visitors by sitting them down at the easel and giving them a "painting lesson," Georgian or Regency style.
This required a much higher level of authenticity, and the first thing I realized when researching how paints were made was that most of them were poisonous. The second thing was that no one thought to write down how artists' paintbrushes were made. But I kept searching, and am now able to make non-toxic watercolor paints, brushes, and assorted other oddments as they were in the 18th and 19th centuries…
- Born on May 25
- Joined February 12, 2010