Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Need for Reference

I've added just a teeny tiny portion of a few of my references to give you a taste of what I go out and photograph to use in my paintings. The egret, the bird, and the little girl in the green hat are all from a shoot I did last week with an artist friend. I take 1,000's of photos. As an example I filled 2 of my camera cards (don't know what they are called) and a portion of 2 more last Thurs. in just a local visit to a park/zoo here! Ofcourse they are not all wonderful, but they are useful in learning anatomy, having a place to "put that elk" in the future, or a "bird on that old machinery". I take advantage of every opportunity I can for getting reference. I do not plein aire paint generally. I am a studio painter who does highly detailed work and I need the help of the photos to get that detail. It doesn't mean I don't change things- I add things into the reference, I change the lighting, colors, etc. I love dramatic lighting, but don't always have the opportunity to be somewhere exactly at sunset/sunrise, so as a painter I can make that happen. I love all sorts of subjects and am at present trying to expand my reference of children. I have barely scratched the surface for them!





6 comments:

Mona said...

Nice reflections in your egret photo. The little girl is precious. Speaking of precious, how are the puppies?

Carol Andre' said...

Doing great- FAT little bellies. They should have their eyes open starting on Thurs. and I will post more photos after that. Right now they still look like blobs (as before), just larger ones! Mama feeds them well! :-)

Gary Keimig said...

Thanks for checking out my blog, Carol. Sorry I missed you at SKB workshop. Are you going this year?
Cute little pups. My daughter had a batch of kittens recently. She has 2 female cats on her place and when the first cat lost hers at birth it was interesting that when the other gave birth to 6 a few days later both took to nursing and raising them.

Carol Andre' said...

Thanks Gary. No, unfortunately I don't think I will be able to go. Wish I could. As to the puppies- they'll get cuter as time goes on, I will post photos when they open their eyes in a few days, but they get really cute at 4 weeks or so! We used to raise poodles and had a great "mama" dog- she once raised a couple of kittens whose mom wouldn't take care of them right alongside her own puppies!

James F. Smith said...

I love the rusty old farm machine! I have been painting a lot of them. Jim

Carol Andre' said...

Jim, I have soooo many thing I want to paint- you have no idea- Artists block- what IS that?!!!