"Evening Gold" 13x15" Oil on Canvas by Richard Robinson
Photo by John Warren at http://paintmyphoto.ning.com/photo/whitby-lass
Thought I'd try my hand at painting from another photo so I grabbed one off paintmyphoto.ning.com, and set to work yesterday producing this 13x15" oil on canvas. The basic idea was to have a big value contrast between foreground and background and I thought it would be nice to have a glowing golden light in there to contrast the foreground in cool shadow.
Looking at it again this morning I flipped the image in photoshop (the same as viewing the painting in a mirror). I suddenly realised that the photo I was working from was taken at a slight angle, and so my painting inadvertently adopted the same skewed angle, although not quite as badly. It's easiest to spot in the photo by checking the verticals of the buildings - they're all leaning to the left a little. So that's another lesson learned - never assume that a photo is perfectly aligned.
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