Monday, April 1, 2013


 This is an 18 x 18 inch oil on canvas that was painted from this photo.  I wanted my students understand the idea that a photo is only a starting point and what you do with it is the painting.


  1. It's so amazing when you see the reference picture to a painting. I might have passed this one up AND YET you produced a beautiful painting with perfect color and light. I have a reference picture in Montana that I probably wouldn't have done until will be on my future list to do.

  2. Thanks Hilda. I love when photos come back to you with a new way of looking.
    I'd love to see what you do with Montana

  3. Hi Aline! I agree with Hilda. You've made 'reality' into a MUCH more glorious place in your painting. I find I must do this out of necessity. I have a neck disability that means I cannot be upright too long.(I use pastels while lying on a reading wedge pillow.)

    In order to get ref. photos, I snap pics of junky drainage ditches & front lawn plants in my neighborhood. Once I start painting, though, I end up with tree-lined streams & old Italian abbey gardens. Every photo is just a starting point--I love to see where my imagination takes me.

    Landscape painters are told to edit for the sake of the painting, anyway. Why not embellish, too? It IS nice to have one component down, like the boats here for you, but once you get rolling, it is entirely the painter's world...

    As you've shown, Aline, one can even figure out interesting light & shadows out of thin air, too. I love the golden cast you put on this picture, as opposed to the flat, midday sun in the photo. The painting is just lovely.
    L&K, Mary Brady