Have you ever tried to finish a painting from a photograph, that you started live? Most of my paintings to date have been from photographs, partly from necessity, and partly, (as I have recently discovered) from a lack of faith in my drawing abilities, so I haven’t needed to cope with this. It hadn’t occurred to me that the transition required a new set of skills.
In using a photograph, I found the background, even though I wasn’t using it, confused the flower shapes in a way I hadn’t noticed when painting from life. This doesn’t happen when I start with a photo, probably because I have already mentally simplified the image at the outset. Then, there was the colour change. I “know” my printer produces blued images, but as I rarely use the photo as more than an initial sketch, I was not awake to the change. My first attempts to complete the painting were more pink than the initial work.
If at first you don’t succeed ….