Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Reference Photo

People often ask if I use photos to create my oil pastel drawings. The answer is yes and no. I do pull out a photo and use it in a general sense as a pattern for a piece. Or I'll use a combination of photos to create my own little landscape. But I rarely use the photos for anything but a general outline. I store my photos in shoes boxes, sorted (mostly) by subject: barns, clouds, rivers, churches, buildings, roads. So when I'm not sure what to paint I just pick out a category and thumb through until something tickles my fancy.


  1. Hey, Doug. Just doing my postcards for the Hyde Park show--weekend of June 6-7--will be sure to send you one! Jen


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