Stuck for painting ideas? Then this section is definitely for you. We have several themed photo sets taken by members that could inspire you to paint a masterpiece, so what are you waiting for?
If you have good pictures to contribute, the ideal size of the original is 1024 x 768 pixels, in themed sets of 6 – 12 photos. Whilst copyright remains with the owner, members have permission to use them as painting references.
But, ever since photography was invented painters have used photos as an aid to their painting. But the emphasis must be on ‘reference’, as in ‘refer to’, not as in ‘copy every detail’. Don’t slavishly copy only one photo, use it as a starting point. Ideally use a set of reference photos. At some stage, put the photos aside and let the painting take on a life of its own. Remember, they’re reference photos. Roger
Waves on the Beach, Scotland
Soft light on a balmy summer’s evening at Dunbar, E. Lothian.
Markets & Street Scenes, Costa Del Sol, Spain
By contrast the strong Spanish sun brings out vivid colours with deep, violet-blue shadows (sol y sombre); plenty of potential here for some vibrant acrylics.
Tropical Gardens, Spain
The photos are from La Concepcion Botanical Gardens, Malaga. Plants from around the world grow here, check the website: http://laconcepcion.malaga.eu/
Reflections on St. Katherine’s
The placid waters of St. Katherine’s Dock, London, provide a perfect haven for quiet reflection away from the frenzy of City life. The ideal place to sit and paint, or we could always work from photos. Website: http://www.skdocks.co.uk/
Some reminders of last Autumn here in Essex and Kent. You could paint some attractive loose watercolours from these; deep shadows painted in subtle complementary violet-blues could make a painting really ‘sing out’.
Embankment and Trafalgar Square, London
You can probably work out when these were taken – suitable for some dramatically-lit or sepia-toned watercolours?