As I have said before I prefer to paint from real life or at least my own photos but I am drawn to the challenge of painting subjects I may never have seen in real life or close enough and for this you do need great reference photos. Paint My Photo photographers share their talented work for artists to paint without copyright issues and there are thousands of good quality images to browse for inspiration. By painting from someone elses photo a different set of skills are required along with observation and I often google the subject if it is not common to me so that I can find out more and see different shots and maybe habitat etc. and this helps me get more of a feel for my painting.
From a reference photo by Gary Jones I painted this Zebra just before Christmas and was really pleased with him so I challenged myself to paint him again in what is now my biggest painting to date. I intend on having this framed soon and will hang it on my studio wall to inspire me to go further with my art this year.
|Stripes Suit Me|
Painting size cms 70 x 43
or inches 27"x 17"