My workshop topic today was painting from photos.
I asked them to bring photos that had a strong light and shadow pattern.
Some tricks I use to determine what photos would make good paintings:
I print them, then color everything in shadow with a black marker.
The pattern is immediately apparent.
I download all the photos from one location and view them as a contact sheet.
The ones with the best light and shadow pattern just pop out!
I print them in black and white, bump up the contrast,
and/or boost the color.
You can immediately tell if it's a good composition.
I was so excited about the work these gals did.
In an hour!
Peggy's took on such a wonderful abstract quality
Judy, a beginner, was not afraid to use
a lot of paint and big brushes.
Barbara really simplified the shapes and kept the values.
Suzanne never thought she could do this in a hour.
With just a few adjustments, this will be finished!
Look at those light and shadow shapes!