Painting vs Photos
In this post, I’d like to share the difference between photographic resources and painting from such. As an artist the photo can be an invaluable resource in recording information. However, it never sees what your own eye sees and to paint exactly what is seen in a photo can diminish the impact of what could otherwise be a wonderful painting. The light and dark values and colors in a photo are not true. The following will illustrate.
Autumn is a wonderful time for gathering photo material. I just wished it lasted longer. However, in the photos below you will see my own photos of 3 scenes that became paintings.
Photos provide the necessary information, but you have to learn to use your artistic eyes to make it into a painting.
This scene had potential. The country road and the trees were pleasing, but it lacked enough color.
Here’s the painting based on the photo above. It’s called Return of Autumn, an 18×24 $3500.00 under by William Hagerman Signature work. (it’s for sale via eBay.)
Return of Autumn 18×24 oil by William Hagerman $3500 copyright 2020
So what do you think in this Painting vs Photo? A painting allows for artistic expression and provide more color than any photo.
In this example I was drawn to the color of the tree and the effect of light and shadow.
However, the scene needed to be tweaked. Just because something is in a photo, doesn’t mean you have to include it. Think about your composition. So what do you think in the painting vs photo?
Autumn Light and Shadow 8×10 Byron Signature oil painting copyright 2020
And finally another recent photograph. I liked the cluster of trees and the slight slope of the land on the right. Again, there’s potential, but it needed more.
In the painting below the coloration in the trees were enhanced and more vegetation in the grasses were added for interest.
So, what do you like best; photo or painting? Hopefully this comparison will help you realize that photos are only good for reference, not to copy verbatim. Choose the best parts of your photos and make it your own. Hope you liked this little Painting vs Photos usage tip.
By the way these paintings are currently on eBay as either an auction or fixed price. You can access all via my user profile.
Thank you and take care!