My sister who is very talented with a camera and has an ENDLESS SUPPLY of subjects shared this photo of two of her grandaughters. I had described an idea that I had for the upcoming "Places and Spaces" exhibit at TAMARACK about an adorable smiling face peeking out from an umbrella. My sister said she had just the photo for me to reference, and I AGREE! I couldn't wait to get started on this one, and am calling it "Sunshine on a Rainy Day". This is one of the rare cases when I would use a photo that I didn't take myself, and the finished product will probably end up in her living room anyway.
As excited as I was to get started, I still made a rough sketch in my idea book and made notes about colors and changes to the photo. For instance, I wanted to see both girls' eyes in order to make a connection with the viewer, and I think the rounded edges as I have rendered them will frame their faces better than in the photo.
Initially, I had imagined a bright red umbrella, but when I saw the dots, I thought that would be more fun. I am going to try to keep the dots from competing with the expressions of the girls, and to create a "personal space" for them underneath the umbrella.
I'll kepp you posted.
I think it is important to share our process with others, just as we gain from watching other artists work.