|'Fields of Gold' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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- I will only work from my own photos. I never use any other photo reference. It must be from my camera and I must be the photographer. Why? Because I am the one who experienced the place and time the photo was made. I have a personal connection to the photo which I will be able to infuse into my painting.
- I prefer to work from less than perfect photos. I take a lot of photos and they aren't all worthy of a calendar (not too many are) Some might be out of focus, or the color may be off or the composition is less than ideal. Bad photos help me make better paintings because they give me the freedom to interpret the scene. I would be too tempted to try to copy a perfect photo. There is nothing to improve!
- I never work from photos that are professionally processed. I print my own on regular inkjet paper. I usually choose to fit four 3 x 5 photos to one page and I cut them apart. This saves me money and time. Also I am more tempted to copy a nicely printed photo. (see #2)
|My reference photo shelf|
|Here is an underpainting with my reference photo at the top left|