There is a growing opportunity for painters to make a living by painting
historical landscapes using old postcards or photographs as reference material.
I recently experimented with this by taking three old faded, black
and white postcards and reconstructing the landscape. They were subsequently
scanned and printed and sold in the area they were painted. This could
be done in any location should you possess the skill of an adequate landscape
painter and a modicum of flair for color and drama.
This painting (24"x36")depicts a flood in a main street of a seaside
town in 1892
Taken from the postcard immediately above.
This depicts a dry dock in the same town 1895. I applied a Turneresque
look to the scene.
These paintings were also made into postcards and small prints for
which I receive a small income.
Again, the painter should not be so elitist
as to spurn such work. Society has, and always will, treasure such efforts
should they be atmospheric and definitive. With the right training a painter
could always make a good living traveling up and down the coast, or around
the country just producing such pieces of work. You might find the local
Historical Societies are also interested in commissioning such work - they
surely have a wealth of material you could use!