Diane Mannion, IT'S A SHORE THING, 6x6" oil
Back to the beach to splash more paint around... darn water doesn't hold still. Have to memorize bits and pieces and hope it fits together. Photo reference helps but even that has to be translated and simplified. Paint what you see (in this case, remember), then paint what you know (direct observation), then you'll REALLY know what you're looking at. Painting is drawing and drawing is painting... both challenge the act of visualization and memory. The more you really look at stuff, the better you'll be able to paint. Does that make sense? Sure thing.