I was thinking it might be kind of interesting to share some of the reference photos that I use for my paintings. It might take some of the romance and mystery out of my work, but I’m willing to take that risk. As I said in a previous post, I am, unfortunately or not, a painter who really needs good reference photos to work from. For my recent series of paintings, I worked from photographs that I took with two wonderfully generous friends on a beautiful day on a Fairview mountainside. Alyssa of Calliope Cut Flowers and Jessica graciously agreed to be my models. Alyssa brought a bucket of GORGEOUS flowers she grew on her flower farm and the two set to work making a flower crown and a flower hat. We were waiting for that magical golden hour when everything is alive with warmth and vitality and even the simplest things look exquisite.
You know… like this:
Of course, it’s easy to get beautiful, magical pictures when your subjects exemplify those words. I was so happy with how the photos turned out that I ended up making three paintings (so far) from that day’s shoot. I have a few more images sketched on canvas that I haven’t started painting yet.
Maybe I’ll share some others, too…