I've got boxes of photos that I've taken. I separate them into groups--churches, buildings, barns, clouds, farmland, riverscapes. Then, when I'm not sure what to work on, I pull out some photos and try to get inspired.
I already knew I wanted to paint another church with the red sky, before I dove into my box. But, you can't make all the building up out of your head... This is a chapel in Corrales, near Albuquerque. I don't remember the name of it. But at least I remember which village it is in! Notice my Sweet Ride, Sprinter, in the background.
This image is a piece I finished based on the photo I took. Not totally realistic but about as close as I bother getting. I left Sweet Ride out. I think that is an important deletion.