Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Morning Glory

4 x 6 inches, oil on board.
A trial painting using my computer monitor. I always prefer to paint from live, or real objects, but I want to be able to use my photos when the need or inspiration arises. I've taken some landscape photos I'd like to use as subject matter for larger paintings. The drawback in painting from a photo for me is that a photo is a static moment pre-compressed, flattened and colored. It makes it too easy to just copy. Painting from life is exciting and real, and usually frustrating: the sun going behind clouds ( or ultimately, the horizon), wind, dust storms, dogs, bees, people, plague, etc.