There is something very appealing about the stage. Not being on it, for crying out loud, but me in a safe seat, studying the stage sets, costumes, and make-up artistry. That generally gives me a bunch of new ideas. Watching the movie Amadeus, Terry Gilliam's genius-work in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, and reading Nicholas Nickleby all put the stage set for this painting in my head.
The original sketch for the main character came from my sketchbook.
The water and the curtains came from the aforementioned movies. I very much like the type of sets that look good but don't approximate contemporary ideals of reality or slick, modern special effects.
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