Cheating a Little
Somehow the set-up one particular day at the League wasn’t making any sense to me. There was nothing I wanted to paint. Cheating a little seemed the only alternative: I wandered around taking photos of the set-up with my iPhone. When I looked at the photos, one of them actually appealed to me. Ta da! Problem solved.
The reason I call that cheating a little is because the photo reduces something that is 3-D to a 2-D image, a task that is normally part of the artist’s job. And it helps the artist choose what to paint.
I still had to make decisions about what to leave out, or include (perhaps from a different photo), what colors to use, etc. Even though this painting didn’t end up looking a lot like the photo, the photo did help me focus.
Of course, there was no tuning fork, just an easel and a lamp post and some shadows that sorta looked like one.