'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.