Monday, February 07, 2011

Painting Exercise...20 second photo

'Summer Field in Maine' 5x7 pastel
If you are trying to rely less on your reference photos here is a fun exercise to try. Take your photo and allow yourself to study it for 20 seconds. Now put the photo away and paint your painting. You will be painting from your impression rather than trying to copy all of the details. You would be surprised at how much information you get in 20 seconds. Here is my painting from the 20 second photo study. I am definitely going to try to do this more often.

6 comments:

Mariela said...

I like your painting Karen...
I'm doing this exercise to my students and it's really very effective!!

Marian Fortunati said...

FABULOUS idea... well worth trying. David Gallup says that we all should be painting the inspiration of the thing not painting the thing...

And your exercise would help us do that I think.... It certainly worked well for you... But then your are always lovely.

Karen said...

Thanks Mariela. I am going to do it with my students too. I think it will be very helpful!

Karen said...

Thanks Marian. I like what David Gallup says. Great advice!

Ruth Andre said...

What a great exercise and what a fun painting. It is very lively.

claire christinel said...

Gorgeous! Love how you've rendered the important areas and left the others without detail for the eye to complete.