Today I want to talk to you about the importance of having good photographs for a painting. It sounds simple….the better the photos, the better the painting. I was trying to defy my own theory with my next painting but had my words slapped right back at me.
Let’s backtrack with some introductions….
Last November I worked with City Girl Weddings as a day of assistant on a beautiful wedding held at Floating World Gallery for Anna and Wade. After the wedding, I was magically hired by the bride to create a painting of her bouquet (I didn’t even put 2 and 2 together until I received the images and recognized the bride, bouquet and event!). So, like any post wedding booking, I contacted the photographer, Shane Welch, for some images to work from. I couldn’t have been happier with the exquisite images he took (and how incredibly easy he was to work with).
Aren’t these gorgeous…and so artistic! I love that background color.
Here is where our lesson pops in….it is best to book me before the wedding so that I can converse with the photographer ahead of time and make them aware of my intentions. No photographer is going to take a bazillion photos of your bouquet unless you tell them to and have a good reason to do it. They need to spend their time capturing all of your other special moments.
So, although I love the modern sleek take on the compositions I put together from these photos, my client, Anna, was looking for all of the different varieties of flowers in one composition. Well, this wasn’t going to be possible from these 3 photos, so I moved on to plan b and dug a bit deeper. Ok, a lot deeper….
Take this photo:
Do you see the box on the bouquet? That’s where I got this composition from:
You can see the granulated look to the image. Now blow this up to 24 x 24 inches. Yeah, not so great to work from….but, I wanted to make it work for my client’s sake.
Sketched it in and began painting….and struggling.
I felt pretty bad about this process having gone awry but am thankful that Anna and Wade were so understanding and absolutely love the new composition. Though I was originally trying to capture all of the elements my client was looking for in a painting, I managed to ignore my gut and include a painting choice that just wasn’t true Reenie Rose material. Since we are on like lesson 5 of this post, let’s remind ourselves to stay true to ourselves and what we do and do so well. But, don’t forget…lesson #1 is using the best images possible for a painting. I’m so grateful that I was still able to work with Shane’s images. In my next post, we are going to get up close and personal with the photographer himself! In the meantime, I have a new paintings to start….Round 2!
What was your smartest “do-over”?