Beyond the photo

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Photos can be a starting point for further exploration. It’s a creative exercise to conceive of a variety of compositions and moods based on the same photo. When we force ourselves to think beyond the photo and allow our imagination to explore, oftentimes alternative solutions may be better than the original reference.

The following studies were all done on canvas using raw umber (no white). Each study is 4.25″ x 5.62″ (same proportion as 12″ x 16″, 18″ x 24″, and 30″ x 40″). These are only the beginning of what’s possible; change the proportion of the canvas, composition and value structure, and many more possibilities arise. Additionally, using a variety of limited palettes and surface tones, and the variations become almost limitless. All these studies become worthy subjects for enlargement. (Click images to enlarge)

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