Today's painting is of the apartment building complex that I used to live close to. I used to have to walk through it to get to the subway in the morning (also, a lot of my highschool friends lived there!). The sunrise was particularly brilliant on this very cold morning and thankfully I had a camera on me to capture a reference of it which I had hoped for years to translate into a painting.
I've been using a lot of photo references for my paintings over the last couple of days and depending on which artist you talk to that can either be a good or bad thing, but I've been personally finding it very helpful as a tool to practise my painting without worrying about rushing myself and giving myself the time to perfect my techniques for when I do get to go out before the real thing. I've been having a lot of fun with it. I'm really enjoying reminiscing over my old neighbourhood through these paintings too.
I guess the only standard I really have is that the photo references need to be of my own making. It wouldn't feel right using another person's photographs, especially since I wouldn't have any kind of personal connection with them. Thankfully I've got a huge reposit of photographs I've taken over the years, waiting patiently to be used as reference. Stay tuned.