Inspiration from the Piedmont Farm Tour: From Photograph to Painting
I love animals, and the annual Piedmont Farm Tour last year in early spring provided me with a year’s worth of inspiration for paintings. Last year I went with my friend, Suzanne, and my camera. I was hoping to get a few good photographs of animals to paint. Below you’ll see a few of my photos and how I’ve interpreted them into paintings.
This first picture is based on a pig I photographed at the Chapel Hill Creamery.
It is important to me, when painting people, animals or landscapes, to paint from my own photos. I get a thrill from composing and (often) cropping the photo and capturing the personality of my subject matter, then transferring that creativity onto the canvas.
This second picture is based on a calf and mother cow I photographed at Fearrington.
I think I’m drawn to farm animals because my best childhood memories are of time spent visiting family friends who had a hobby farm. I dug up potatoes from the garden, fed the chickens, steered clear of the bull, and rode ponies bareback through the cornfields (course determined by the ponies, I was just along for the ride). As an adult, the closest I’ve come is my own dog and backyard chickens. These paintings revive memories of those wonderful times.
This third painting shows you another interpretation of an animal I photographed at Fearrington.
This year the Annual Farm Tour is held April 27-28 is the 2013 Annual Farm Tour. I’m definitely going, and I hope I’ll see you there!
See more of Lisa’s fine work at her website.