While I was visiting Los Angeles in February, I had the opportunity to visit some cool places, and to do some painting on my girlfriend’s parents’ beautiful backyard patio.
Luckily, he sat for several photos, but I couldn’t get it quite right, so I “photoshopped” two of them together (with a free photo editing program called ‘Gimp‘), and printed it out to use as a reference photo. I like to do this when I’m a bit crunched for time, and I can’t get the perfect pose at the perfect spot.
I woke up early in the morning–well, as early as a late night of drinking Jameson and playing Euchre would permit, and wanted to get it finished before my hosts got back from Pilates, so I had a solid one hour to get it started and finished to surprise them. I’m not saying this is how you should work, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to do painting “sprints” occasionally — it forces you to work “fast and loose” with your sketching and painting brush strokes.