|'Winter Morning III' 6x6 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
The Secret to a good painting is a bad photo
This is great news for us artists who are not photographers. We don't need to get the perfect shot. We only need photos as Memory Joggers. In yesterday's post I wrote about how I use reference photos. click here to read. My secret is to work ONLY from my own photos.
So often I hear artists say they don't have any of their own photos. So they use magazine images (not a good idea) or royalty-free images. Both of these solutions aren't as good as using your own photos. If you didn't take the photo then you can't replay the scene in your mind.
Everyone can take a good reference photo....because it doesn't have to be perfect!
|'Winter Morning IV' 6x6 pastel|
- Smartphone camera:Any camera will do. In fact I most often use my iphone camera. If you have a smartphone, get to know it's camera. It is usually always handy for a quick photo.
- Cheap Digital camera: If you don't have a smartphone get a small digital camera and keep in in your bag/purse/pocket when you go out. So many good inexpensive cameras are available. The trick is to get one small enough that you won't mind keeping handy.
- Automatic: There is no need to get involved with all of the settings (unless you want to of course) Most cameras do an excellent job on auto....besides you don't need perfect photos!
- Ipad camera: Don't forget about your ipad camera. Sometimes I see something interesting and the only thing close enough is my iPad....I get the shot! Don't have an iPad? Now you have a good excuse to get one!
- Printing photos: If you aren't comfortable with uploading and printing photos don't worry! I often work right from my camera/ipad/phone screen. The photo is small but even better for me to be expressive. You can't get bogged down with details that you can't even see! Today's paintings are from the photos on my phone.
- Walgreens: If you do want prints but don't want to fuss with the computer you can email your photos from your phone and Walgreens will print them. Some stores have photo kiosks which allow you to use your camera's SD card to print photos. Other store offer these services but I am most familiar with Walgreens.
So get out there and take photos of the things that inspire you. They will lead you to your best work.
Today's paintings are on black Artagain paper by Strathmore. If you are looking for something to do this weekend and would like to try painting a winter landscape consider downloading my Winter demo for $6. Avalailable in my Etsy shop Here