Tip file: Work beyond the reference photo

Above is the original photo reference, and below is John Salminen’s Wells Street Evening (watercolor, 24×35).

From John Salminen, in the March 2010 issue of The Artist’s Magazine:

Be open to changing the image as a new direction emerges during the painting process. Remember that the photo is simply one resource along with many others that you can use to make personal statements about life and art.

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