THE SCHACKNOW MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
Local Artist Irv Rudley Recreates Historic World War II Photo
NOW ON DISPLAY AT THE SCHACKNOW MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
Here is an account on WIKIPEDIA with a slightly different twist (click the link below):
In 1944 this photo was on the front cover of LIFE MAGAZINE
The sailor was Mr. Carl Muscarello, now 84 years old, who now lives in Plantation, Florida.
Irv Rudley, an artist who lives near the Schacknow Museum of Fine Arts, decided to paint a picture showing how Mr. Muscarello looks in 2010
Here is a shot of Carl Muscarello, Toni Crabtree, (she posed for the lady that is now deceased) and Irv Rudley along with a copy of the original Kissing Sailor photo, and the new painting by Mr. Rudley, which is on display at SMOFA.
Max Schacknow (who was also a sailor in WW II) and Carl Muscarello
Toni and Carl
Carl at the Museum
About the artist - Irv Rudley
Mr. Irv Rudley - Self Portrait
Ever since early childhood I had this incessant, gnawing compulsion to draw faces. In the empty margins of all my notebooks in early grade school there were tiny heads sketched in with pencil, pen, crayon, anything that would make a mark on paper. There were classmates, teachers, the principal, the janitor, anyone who happened to pass my way. If they had an interesting face, the compulsion became overwhelming, and I had to stop whatever I was doing and grab a likeness.
While in high school I finally realized I had better do something about this compulsion, or start seeing a shrink. My first choice, of course, was to enroll in an art school in the evenings after public school. This lasted about 3 days. The instructor insisted that I study abstraction, while all I cared about was realism. Knowing what I know now about the difficulty of a realistic painting representing a three dimensional object on the two dimensional plane of a canvas, I can understand his reluctance. It's a different world of art in which he was probably not trained.
So I went out and bought a few art instruction books to see if that would satisfy me. One in particular, titled, “Anyone Can Draw”, by Arthur Zadenberg, is the one that still sticks in my mind. It focused on the importance of the draftsmanship necessary to make this three dimension on two dimension magic.
Most of my friends wound up as sitters, and one in particular, a retired doctor today, miraculously still has one of my paintings.
After high school a four year stint in the Air Force occupied my time, but I still managed to sketch a face or two of my buddies, just to keep in practice.
Shortly after completing my enlistment, in the mid nineteen fifties, I settled on Miami Beach with a small pastel portrait concession in one of the hotels. The secret to learning to paint well is summed up in 3 words, Practice, Practice, Practice. Churning out 5 to 10 portrait sketches a day, can really sharpen your eye. However, I had to give it up one day when a grade school buddy showed up to give me an offer I couldn't refuse, senior partner in a new advertising firm with complete control of the graphics department. That company morphed into a full film motion picture and commercial production company, then into today's video production.
In 2000 I semi-retired.
On a visit to the retired doctor, that I mentioned earlier, there it was! Hanging on the wall in his home was that painting I did of him about 64 years ago! (It wasn't that bad either.)
Being retired, he had also taken up sculpting and painting, and he invited me to go along with him to a sketching workshop. My old compulsion came back on me like a ton of bricks.
I decided to get back into my first love, painting, to see just how proficient I could really get. I began taking workshops from some of the best artists in the country, and joined the Portrait Society of America. Some of the best artists in the world belong to this organization, and I felt sure something would rub off. . . .and it has!
Check out my web site to see the results! www.cfsvideo.net/Newsite
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