Sunday, December 8, 2013
‘Ghost of Christmas Future’-Artwork
Here is my concept sketch and my finished oil painting for the ‘Ghost of Christmas Future’ in Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’.
The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Be shows Scrooge his own lonely death. It does not show him what he desires to see. Scrooge wants reassurance that the decision he makes to change the present course of his life will change his future. Such reassurance cannot be given to him. Scrooge has lost his way and hurt those who loved him. This final ghost leads Scrooge to question his own existence. As Dickens writes in the passage…
“The Phantom slowly, gravely, silently approached. When it came near him, Scrooge bent down upon his knee; for in the very air through which this Spirit moved it seemed to scatter gloom and mystery. It was shrouded in a deep black garment, which concealed its head, its face, its form, and left nothing of it visible save one outstretched hand ... Scrooge ask…"Before I draw nearer to that stone to which you point," said Scrooge, "answer me one question. Are these the shadows of the things that will be, or are they shadows of things that may be, only?"
Hope you enjoy the artwork.