I am usually at a loss for something to paint. I know what I want, but having no picture of my own for reference I will scour the internet looking for something.
Recently, I have been happiest when creating a composite image of things that I like, so I thought I would show how I approached one of my paintings
I knew I wanted an old man fishing by a pond, so I started with a photo of a pond from my neighborhood.
I knew I didn’t want the background to be all trees, and I want to open it up a bit, so I brought in some distant trees using photoshop
The combination of the two resulted in this scene.
With the trees in place I now had a big field to fill, so a barn was next.
The barn wasn’t facing the way I wanted it to, so I flipped it along the vertical axis and dropped it in the field.
Now the field still needed a few cows to add interest, so I brought these guys in.
Having dropped in the cows, it seems to be looking more real, now.
Every good pond needs a fisherman, So I found this guy and dropped him in on the shore.
Now that he is here, I took a disliking to his hat and erased it.
This hat is more to my liking.
A little photoshop magic, and now my fisherman is wearing the right hat.
Problem was that the barn was not reflecting in the pond water, so I needed to add that reflection in.
Because of all the photoshop work, there is mixed light and shadows, so this reference might be hard to paint from. To fix that, I simply turned it into a line drawing.
And From that line drawing, I completed the painting.