What photo shall I use?

I find I can waste a lot of time looking through photos trying to decide what to use. I like most of them…they are subjects that caught my eye but will they make a good painting?
Perhaps you have found yourself in a similar position. I find doing small pencil thumb nails a great help …it is not usually a good idea to dive into a painting without doing at least a little preliminary work first.

However what I have decided to do is at least one  small watercolour sketch of a photo that I would like to paint. The sketch can take me 10 minutes or up  an hour but no longer
and  that includes drying time…..use a hairdryer.

I am aiming to  do a daily sketch (!) and then have a collection I can look at to help me decide which would work as a painting. The daily sketches will be posted on my website blog. I think this is going to help with painters block as well…..it will get a paintbrush in my hand!

Give it a try and don’t spend more than 5minutes choosing that photo!!!


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