09 January 2020

Photos to Paint from: Looking for Spring

Bird Nest in Crabapple, 2019
Enduring winter by looking forward to spring,
flower catalogs, planning a garden, browsing sandals.
Viewing photos to paint from is a good browse as well.
In a thumbnail files, I see what looks like an apple. In January?
Ah, crabapples!.
And then the nest.
I can think of birds and blossoms while sketching,
and on that day last year, there was no snow.


Every tree I see, I think of the beautiful artwork of the very talented artist,
Katherine Fenn Thomas.

When you look for photos to paint from,
do you go for the challenge or the ease?

18 comments:

  1. I have little talent for painting, but reallly wish I could...either water or tempura or oil.

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    1. Hi Tabor,
      Skill takes practice. I believe, you already have artistic talent.

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  2. I agree with your comment-think about how you scribbled when learning to print or do cursive. It just took practice.
    Sometimes I go for a challenge when I look at photos to paint from. I have found that the least amount of thinking I do, the better I'll capture something and it will be more of an artwork, rather than a copy of a photo.
    I have much practice to do-many years.

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    1. Hi Debra,
      Painting is easier for me when I don't have the ideal light, when attention is on composition. Much emphasis is put on having good true light. Not every painting is viewed in that same light.

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  3. My painting skills are dismal, but I enjoy splashing colour onto paper (I use watercolours). When I paint from a photo, I just go for what I like. I haven't painted for a long time, though.

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    1. Hi Lorrie,
      You live in such a beautiful place, it's almost as if you live in a painting. Consider a little Cotman watercolor kit to take when out in Nature.

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  4. Love the tree, the nest, the splashes of color!

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    1. Hi Jen,
      Taking the photo, I struggled to get a view without the telephone wires. It was funny, twisting around the tree.

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    1. Hi Hena,
      Brush, paper, and paint. You are so artistic, I think you'd do well.

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  6. Maywyn - you are always so good with the camera. Sometimes photos work well for painting and other times they get in my way. Thanks for sharing Katherine's link. I have always enjoyed her lovely art. Take care and have a blessed day. Hugs!

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    1. Hi Debbie,
      More than one photo is what I find I need, as there often is one particular element not represented well enough in the main photo.

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  7. Flower catalogs - I remember those. We don't get them anymore because we don't have a garden and I miss them. I don't paint per se but there is paint involved in my fabric landscapes - something which I apply with great trepidation I might add.

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    1. Hi Maryanne,
      Your quilts are beautiful fabric paintings. I love the new one with the tractor.

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  8. My artistic skills are non existent.

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    1. Hi William,
      Your photographs are as beautiful as paintings.

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  9. Love this photo, crabapples and the nest, and wonderful light and colors too. :-)

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    1. Hi Sherry,
      I hope yiur winter is going well.
      Thank you. I've decided ink and watercolor, a slow and mobile painting project

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