I think it will prove to have been a good idea to join the painting class, not for the most obvious reason, ie. that I should learn something but because it has become necessary to do some painting between lessons, quite a lot of painting in fact.
So now my painting endeavours fall into two categories, those that must be completed sufficiently for the class and my own projects. In general, the latter will be portrait paintings and any opportunity or encouragement to work on these will be very welcome.
I am using photographs as references for paintings and, to the extent that this amounts to private study and practice (ie. not for commercial gain) I don’t believe that anyone would object, even if some of the resulting paintings were shown on this blog. If you have any thoughts to the contrary I would welcome your comment.
To get me started I have found a few photos on the web which are intended to be used as references by painters. In fact I was very surprised at how few such photos are available (or, at least, how few are truly suitable for the purpose, bearing in mind that they are supposed to be substitutes for a real, live, sitter). Perhaps there are sources that I have yet to discover.