Using Photos for References

As I mentioned in my previous post, I use different resources for my paintings. Some of it comes from imagination, in that I make I might put some wildflowers in the foreground or change the shape of tree so that its more pleasing to the composition. My florals rarely look anything like my references. I might buy a bouquet of lilies and use them as reference for sunflowers, or add another vase of roses that wasn't exactly there in my set up. I also like to play up the colors. But I usually have some photos to use as references. Sometimes the worst photos make the best paintings. This painting is an example of this situation. Here's the reference photo for this one. This is all I used...nothing else, but my memories of cruising down this beautiful road last year...too long ago, I might say! 

We were driving when I took this shot, so it's through a windshield and a little blurry (I sharpened it). I pumped up the colors a lot and discovered the trees were just starting to bloom (or at the end of the bloom...not sure). I was drawn to this photo, out of the 100's I took) because of the beautiful winding road with the shadows crossing it. I also liked how the sun was coming through at the end of the road (light at the end of the tunnel!) I had to crop a lot so the road hit at just the right spot. 

I have always been drawn to roads and paths. They represent the future to me and I love the idea of the light at the end. One of my favorite things to do is to take a slow drive in the beautiful country we live in. I'm usually the lucky passenger so I get to snap shots like this one to capture that time for future reference. I've also just discovered how to take a picture on google maps so the world is just a click away! I think I'll "visit" San Francisco via Google Maps. I have a few shots I took on my phone so they might suffice but it's nice to have more choices at my fingertips. 

Happy 4th of July to all of my American friends! 
This marks the countdown to my birthday in 10 days!
I always say I'm not going to celebrate anymore but still get excited when its 
approaching. July is definitely my favorite month!



Susan said...

Your road scenes are awesome, Jennifer. As a matter of fact, I like the paintings better than the photos! ha! Soooo picturesque! Susan

Carolina said...

Hello Jennifer,
each visit to your wonderful world takes me away to a magical place. Have a happy day!

koralee said...

Your work is amazing...from a photo to a painting that is perfect! Hope your 4th of July was a good one...happy weekend to you.

La Petite Gallery said...

Now it is YOU. Jennifer you have put yourself on canvas, love it.

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