|'Drive By Skies' 7.5x9.5 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
But what if I don't have photos or I am a terrible photographer?I hear this a lot. Many artists don't have a stockpile of their own photos (my computer currently has over 40k photos!) But in today's digital and mobile age there really is no excuse for not taking your own reference photos. If you have a smart phone you have a camera. If you don't have a smart phone you can pick up a very inexpensive point and shoot digital camera. That's all you need.
Photos don't have to be perfect. In fact the bad photos are the ones I like best. I have permission to change them and make them into more compelling paintings.
|A selection of my reference photos|
I take a lot of photos. My of them are what I call drive by shots. When I am a passenger I often take put my phone or camera and snap away. Today's cloud painting was inspired by a drive by shot on a road trip through New Mexico.
No matter where you live you can find beauty and interest. When you see something that makes you stop.... and snap a photo!
I love painting the sky. I have written a PDF booklet filled with tips and techniques for painting skies and clouds. More information in my etsy shop. click here for the link