Today’s Floral Friday is from the same reference photo I used last week. A photo posted by Uschi on Paint My Photo.
Yep same reference picture.
While I was somewhat satisfied with last week’s painting, I felt it lacked something.
When painting commissi0ns, it’s all about the detail. The challenge is to bring my style to the painting. When painting from a photo, how do you bring the essence to the game?
When painting from my photos, I am blessed to have the memory. Taking a moment to recall the day, the feeling, the smells and sounds before starting can often have a zen aspect to the execution of a painting.
But this was someone else’s photo, and I felt my first painting a bit flat and too detailed for my spirit. I had no personal connection to the photo. So I revisited it, searching for what made me chose it in the first place. The dramatic dark background, the white peony in amongst the soft drooping lilacs?
Time to improvise. A little bit of lavender oil on a cotton ball sitting on my desk did the trick. Instantly transporting me to a lilac-lined backyard far away and years ago. A connection.
What do you do to add a dash of splash to your paintings?
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