I am just off the side making Mona Lisa smile :)
I'm part of Starry Skies by Van Gogh. I see myself lying there in the grass, staring up at the sky, smiling at the wonderful show that is before me. Best of all, my forever woman is by my side and we are snuggled together looking at the wonders of the universe on display before us.
Trying to hold off the darkness and the imps. One side of the painting fairly light, with me in it. The other side darkness with gnashing teeth.
Being and artist myself, I am painting everyone, including myself, as young and beautiful and handsome again.
I can make people as real as you want. I paint them everyday. Your brother sounds like an artiste with his own ideas about painting and what he does would be as much fantasy as what I suggested in my answer. It's not about right or wrong, as long as proper and good painting basics are adherred to. It is just different approaches and feelings about the same subjects. BTW, Subject matter is just a good excuse to make a great painting.
I'm standing in an art museum looking at a picture of a man in a row boat. (I read this in a book, or saw it in a *twilight zone* episode, and when I read this question, it is what popped into my head. so, it is what you got.)
I remember that episode clearly, It was a Night Gallery by Rod Serling, I'm fairly certain and not a Twilight Zone one.
I'm sure you're right. I watched them all, and I always forget which was on which. This is the episode where he wished himself into the painting, right?
I am wearing a sunhat, sitting in a boat on the water.
Staring at you like, "Why are you looking at me, man?"
Dripping off the canvas.
You told me not to think a lot so I choose the easier option and never thought at all.