|'A Colorful Hillside' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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I don't ever want to copy a photos no matter how much I like it! And I encourage the same for my students.
I am always looking for ways to allow me to use my photos to help me interpret the scene rather than make a copy of it. For example I will only use photos I take myself. I actually prefer bad photos since they give me freedom to make the painting better than the bad photo. I like to print out my photos on regular printer paper....again making them less precious and easier to make changes.
Lately I have been using a new way of working with photos. I learned about it at an IAPS demo with Marla Baggetta. She paints from the tiny photos on a contact sheet! I think this is genius! What a wonderful way to force you to interpret a photo and be more expressive. You cannot see the details in a tiny photo so you aren't really able to copy the photo!
|My painting along with the reference photo|
If you are looking for a simple way to help you be more expressive in using your photos then try using tiny contact photos! Thanks Marla for the great tip!