This is the first post in a new series I'm starting called "Celluloid and Canvas," about actors and actresses who were bursting with so much creativity that acting was simply not enough to exhaust all of their talents. Although "canvas" does refer to painting, this also includes filmmakers who sculpted and wrote as well.
First up-- surprise surprise-- is my inspiration for the series, Mr. Quadruple-Threat himself, Dirk Bogarde. Yes, he could act and sing. But did you also know that he was a talented artist?
According to my Fan Star Library biography (I haven't purchased an official biography yet, sue me!)
"On D-Day itself, which was June 6, he was among the first troops to land in Normandy, and as a result of the rather rough crossing of the English Channel his sketch book was rather damp. But he just had to do a bit of sketching, and found a piece of blotting paper which he used instead.DB's mother had hoped he would consider studying to become a commercial artist, definitely a more reliable career than acting. Despite his insistence to become an actor, it is obvious from the artwork posted on the Dirk Bogarde Estate website that he certainly had the talent to be a professional artist if he had chosen that path. All of the artwork featured on the site is exceptional, and it displays the same kind of skill that you see in sketches by Picasso or Van Gogh. Some of the drawings are from his wartime service, some are random doodles and some were used to illustrate his several books.
Two of his D-Day sketches were later bought by the British War Museum. Two others went to America."
Oh, right-- he also wrote books. Tell me, is there ANYTHING this man could not do??