One of the things I am learning about my digital camera is that I take lots of shots of lots of things. Sometimes I am surprised at what I get. Sometimes I am surprised by what I had not seen.
Three In A RowDaughter Susan teaches at a rural school and stopped by her classroom last week to return some books and files. When she came home, she had bags of fresh veggies and a basket of peaches from a roadside stand. She said she couldn't resist because the peaches near the school were begin picked and the peach smell filled the air. We spread them out on a table and the peach smell filled the house.
Suddenly, I placed a few in a window, grabbed my digital camera began to shoot. Eleven shots of the same five peaches. Never that many with my print camera; one or two and I'm done! In those photos, I discovered an amazing variety of light conditions -- a whole cache of painting possibilities.
Don't just paint what you think you see.
In Its Shadow
Create other possibilities of lighting and composition with photos or thumbnails.
Okay, Line Up
Try a series of paintings.
Waiting On Stage
Make notes in your sketchbook or in your files. "The peaches were being picked."
Two Plus Three
Sometimes I need a reminder.