|'Heavenly Peace'. 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis |
I recently read an interview with Albert Handell on the Oil Painters of America blog. Something he said resonated with me. This is also how I feel about working from photos.
" Yes, I paint from photographs. But the painting does not look like the photograph, yet, there is no painting without the photograph. So what’s happening? I think the photographs touch something inside of me, which awakens and inspires me…". Albert Handell
Photos are the same for me. They touch me and they bring forward the memories of the place and time represented in the photo. I am then able to tap into those memories which help me paint with passion, interpreting what I remember rather than copying everything in the photo.
Photos can be useful if you give yourself permission to make the changes needed to tell the story you remember. But it is important that you only use YOUR OWN photos. And that is a topic for another post!
|the small dark reference photo|
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