I know many people DO paint from photos, and it is all too easy to take the photograph as gospel, and copy it as accurately as possible, since photos have to be accurate, don't they?
Bit tongue in cheek, that last phrase, I know, but what I am trying to put across is the importance of NOT taking everything in the photo for granted. When you paint from life, your brain is able to compensate for visual distortions, but the camera cannot.
Take a look at this image. It has not been manipulated, it is actually what happens when you take a photo too close!
|Look at the shadow at the back of the wall in the original photo.|
- Are there any lines now that might divide the image in an uncomfortable way - 50/50 for example
- Does the picture have a stronger or better focal point than before
- Are there any lines which force the eye out of the picture, to a corner, for example
- Is there anything important, or strong, right on an edge, so that it looks like something trying to escape out of the picture "stage left" or "stage right"
- Are the shapes interesting? turn the picture upside down to check this.