Diane Mannion, DOUBLE VISION, 6x6" oil
Fortunately, I had a camera handy when an artist friend looked up from her drawing and said... "I've GOT to get new glasses."
I find it harder to work from photos than from a live model. It's difficult to stay loose and spontaneous and not have it turn out looking like a stiff photo. After all, WE ARE NOT COPY MACHINES. We're artists! And a painting should look like a painting, not a reproduction. Touchy subject. A camera is a great tool but that image should not be the final goal. The artist should use photos (and only photos taken by them) as a reference or starting point. Then the painting should take on a life of its own based on visual memory, experience, and emotions. Therefore, the more an artist paints from life... the easier it will be to transform photo reference into vibrant works. At least that's one of my goals.