Composing with Photographs

by Judy on July 25, 2012

Painting and drawing from life is an excellent learning experience. It sharpens the eye and teaches you to see. You can go alone or benefit with the fellowship of other artists.

For the beginner, the camera can be a pitfall. The resulting paintings are easily recognized as being “just a copy” of a photograph. Composition is what makes a painting work.

“Birds in Paradise”


The photographs are not composed but serve only as additional information. Selecting elements to use in the painting, is the next
step, a process of elimination. Starting with the superfluous, eliminate distractions that take attention away from the subject.

 “Rocky Mountain High”

“The Bird Watcher”


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