|'Greeting the Morning' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I usually work from my reference photos in the studio but I am old school and like to use printed photos. I don't enjoy working from my iPad because the photos are too bright and in focus. I can see every detail in perfect clarity. You might think this would be a good thing but for me it isn't.
If I see the detail I am tempted to paint the detail. I would rather interpret a bad photo than copy a perfect one. This allows me to make the subject my own.
|inspiration from my trip|
- I load them all on my iMac in the Photos program. Then I scroll through and click on the photos that catch my eye. I try to choose 10 to 12 photos.
- I then print them as a contact sheet using regular inkjet paper. Each photo is about 2x3 inches.
- I cut the photos apart leaving a small border and put them together in a labeled envelope. I try to keep categories of photos together.
- Next I shuffle through the photos. Usually one will speak to me and that is the one I use!
- I will usually go through the pile of 10-12 photos for a week or so until I feel like I have exhausted the subject for the moment. The photos are then filed for future use.
|close up of the flowers|