I no longer post to my blog, but it contains several years worth of short articles I've written regarding various painting tips, thoughts, and inspiration for pastelists and oil painters. I began the blog in 2011 simply as a resource for students I taught at my studio at the time. I stopped posting in 2018, but even though I've grown in my artistic journey since then, much of what I've shared here is still relevant, and therefore I've kept it visible for anyone who cares to skim though it.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Merging Reference Photos
Hay Bales Lining Up, 8 x 10
In my classes this week we studied using multiple reference photos for one painting. We took a look at how to merge elements without having the scene look disjointed. This is the demo I did in my Monday class. Many of my reference photos of fields and farmland tend to have lots of straight tree lines and other elements that are placed horizontally in the scene. I find that to be boring in my paintings, so I look for opportunties to create a more active composition with angles and interruptions in the horizontal items. Here, I created a zig zag shape that draws the eye deeper into the scene, and also made some of the ground in the distance peek through the trees, which pulls the viewer in even further. Below are the two reference photos used.