|'Just Add Green' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
No I don't use an iPad or tablet or computer screen to view my photos. I prefer my badly printed tiny photos. I don't want to see every detail in bright glorious color. Instead I want the freedom to interpret the photo. I can't see details only big shapes in my photos. That allows me to use the photo to transport me back to the place and time. I can then put my memories to work to help me interpret the photo.
TIP: Whether you work from tiny photos or big ones on a tablet it is important to analyze the photo before you start painting. Study the photo and look for things that can be eliminated or changed. Look for things that aren't true to life but are just the result of the camera. Make notes. Don't be a slave to your photo instead let it gently guide you.
|my reference photo|
- The sky is overexposed so I added more color to the painting and made it a soft blue sky of a slightly overcast day.
- I changed the colors in the grass to give more depth. In the photo it is all the same color and value. I changed it and exaggerated a change of colors to add depth to the scene.
- I changed the flow of the creek to direct the viewer into the distance.
- I changed the distant buildings and added a few tiny suggestions of houses in the distance.
- The flowering bush was great but I spread it around a bit so it wouldn't be so isolated.