It was last August that I found out about the wonderful website Paint My Photo, Where Photographers and Artists Meet. The website was created by Roy Simmons for the purpose of sharing reference photos to be used for artwork without copyright worries. It is such a helpful site. I like uploading some of my photos that I think artists might like to paint from. And I can also add my own artwork to the site if it was painted from one of the photos available there, which is over 32,000 at the moment. One of the fun things is a themed monthly challenge. I seem to do well with some inspiration and a deadline. One thing I'd like to add is how exciting it has been to get to know new friends from all over the world in these online groups, workshops, websites, and this blog!
Here are the first two paintings I did for the August, and September 2011 Challenges, from photos posted on the site.
This painting was from a photo of a grove in Bright, Australia by Robyn Lovelock.
This small boat harbor in Lake Garda Italy was painted from a photo by Oggy. This was my first try at water with reflections and I found it went better than I thought it might.