What Images are Good to Paint?


I am often asked, “what images are good to paint?”

I am asked this by photographers who know how to compose images, photographers who know how to adjust images to show them to their best advantage, and by photographers who want to dip their toes into the “painted image” pool.

My answer is always the same:  Paint What You Love.  Paint the images that evoke something in you, paint the images that spark a good memory for you, paint the images that you care about.  If you are working on something you love, it will come easier.  Don’t believe me?  Try painting an image that does not appeal to you. . .

While pigeons in the plaza do not appeal to me, this woman’s delight did.  I remember this day.  The sun was shining, she was laughing, and the pigeons flocked to her, much to her amazement.  She bent to pick something up that she had dropped and these birds thought she had food.  It was just one of those odd moments . . .

The beauty of art surely must be our different perspectives.


And this gentleman, pausing on his bicycle ~ he was looking for something. . . the market. . . after getting directions, he was soon on his way, pedaling towards the market stalls.  I remember this day, as well.  It was very warm, I was headed to the market also.  An image that I liked very much ~ it made me remember that day.  I remember stopping at the sidewalk cafe and having a glass of wine before taking my own purchases home.

Compose your image, edit them, and then just paint what you love.




  • February 1, 2015 - 8:59 pm

    Karen Burns - Paint What You Love ~ReplyCancel

  • February 1, 2015 - 10:32 pm

    Lisa Uvanni Gordon - This really is the very best advice, Karen.ReplyCancel

  • February 2, 2015 - 1:57 pm

    Syd Johnson - I really like your brush effects in these images. Very nice!ReplyCancel

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