|First Gold, 10 x 8 inches, acrylic on canvas|
Most artist use photos as a tool for painting. A painter will sometimes grid out the photo and do a direct representation, or use the photo as a reference.
I have mixed feelings about using a photo; my gut feeling is the photo can be a crutch. Painting to me is observing something and directly painting, or using my imagination and going from there. Now having said that there are times I find a photo useful. But, for a photo to be useful I still need to have seen with my own eyes what I plan to paint, or at the least pictured it in my mind before hand.
|The Golden Shore, 10 x 8 inches, Acrylic on canvas|
|Golden Reeds, 12 x 16 inches, acrylic Sold|
The paintings I am showing,The Golden Shore, and First Gold, and Golden Reeds, came from a couple good photos. The location I am very familiar with so there is an image etched in my mind beyond the photo.
So, rule one know your subject well.
Also, the photo I have is a very good one.
Second rule; only use a good photo for reference. A poor photo will often only help to create a poor painting.
Those are my thoughts on the subject, just wanted to share them with you.