What are your sources?

Some folks rely on keen observation for their creative output, others on photos or making it up as they go along. This Painters’ Keys article argues for using all three.

 [A] painter needs to work from three sources — from self-generated photo reference, from life, and from the imagination. “All painters,” [ Lorne Bouchard, RCA (1913 – 1978)] said, “favour one or the other, but all three are needed to gain maximum feeling — and this goes even for abstractionists and those others who glean their motifs from their minds.”

How do you feel about that? What do you rely on? Do you switch it up sometimes? Let us know in the Comments below.

120 Focus, acrylic on canvas, 20 x 28 inches, Yvonne Callaway


    • Thank you, Susan. I photographed the photographer “shooting” me for a cooking magazine- mine was the recipe of the month. Then I turned him into a painting.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s