I paint in a somewhat realistic style. It's what I like. It's what I'm comfortable with. It's the type of art that appeals to me the most when I see other artist's work. I paint from photographs.....mostly all that I have taken myself. A watercolour teacher that I had several years ago was very strong on that point. Nothing to do with copyright etc, but she felt that if you take the picture, you know the place....you know the feel....you know what's just outside of the picture....you probably remember the day...and the weather. And it's way more comfortable to me than even thinking about painting outside.....in the sun...with the bugs....nope. Not going there.
A few weeks ago, I was looking through my photo reference box and recognized some of the photos that I had painted several years ago. Since I also have photos of all my artwork, I was able to match them up. It was interesting to see the ones that I painted closely to the photo (some argue that is not painting, just copying....I don't agree, but I'm not going there right now ;) ).....and the ones that I change. I do often change the seasons, especially in house portrait commissions.
So these are just a few samples of the Before...and ....After. Sometimes my paintings look like my reference....and sometimes they don't. I never know where I'll find inspiration.....or how I'll end up using it. I just know that there is no shortage of it!