Yesterday my husband and I went for a ride to hunt out photos I could paint from. I've been wanting to paint the giant osprey nests that are turning up around the area, so we headed to Montezuma Swamp. We do have some nests closer than that, and I'm so happy these birds are spreading out their territory. We also have Bald Eagles around here-I've seen them a few times-even flying right over our house! I have to admit-they make me a little nervous because of my geese....
But I did find some good photos to paint from. Right now my goal for painting is to paint what I see. There are artists who paint from life only, and wouldn't use photos. I love to paint from life, but obviously, I can't set up my gear beside a busy highway-which is right where this nest (and about 5 or 6 more) are located.
Besides-I LOVE painting from my photos-and I want to say-all the paintings I have shown here are from my own photos-except Sophie. I asked permission to use the photos to paint her.
It is very important to do that. I think most people would grant permission for their photo's use, but I have also read that people may ask you to purchase a right to use their photo.
I'm always trying to capture composition in my photos so they will already be painterly.