Loosening up and finding freedom in using a photo supplied by someone else.
I always thought it was the wrong way for me to go to paint from a photo I didn't take myself. How much fun I was missing out on! It's a change of mindset for some reason--I feel less concerned about re-creating what I see and far more interested in using the image as a springboard to explore certain elements of art.
I extend my thanks to Viacheslav on Paint My Photo for the reference photo which was the inspiration for this painting. What an amazing feeling to paint from a photo provided by a photographer in Moscow! Since I opened my mind to other peoples' photos, the world is literally opening up for me...