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.