I lived in Great Falls for about 4 years, but I traveled all OVER that beautiful state doing my photography! (It's my 2nd favorite state I've lived in...Alaska being #1) I do have quite a few photos all around Montana in my gallery if you'd like to take a look sometime Pam (so do you go by Pam or Pamela?) Here's a quick link to my gallery...I'd be so honored if you ever wanted to do a painting using one of my photos as a reference ----> ~ laskanwlf.deviantart.com/galle…
You have an absolutely Stunning gallery! Love a lot of your photos and there are a lot of them that I could make a beautiful painting of. Thank you so much for your generous offer. Usually I try not to use anything online though. I am even careful what photos I put online myself - saving the best for my own references and not putting them anywhere on the internet. It is not just because of the copyright issues and getting permission for the photographers. It is because there are a lot of artists out there that don't care about copyrights. They grab whatever they want to use for reference - figuring if it is online it is theirs for the taking. So this poses another set of problems if I use a photo that has been online. I could spend weeks doing a painting - only to discover that someone else has done basically the same thing. Not a good thing at all. And the other reason is that I feel that a really good photo (like a lot of yours) are already art in their own right. So what could I do to improve them??? The only time I will bend and use a photo reference that is not mine is when I have a special request and don't have what I need. For example - a few days ago someone brought me a huge drum. He wants a drawing of an owl on it - which I have a lot of photos. But an owl with it's wings spread out and swooping down on something - I have nothing. haha So I am going to have to search for what I need online and ask permission. I only do that when I absolutely don't have another choice
Awwww thank you so much Pamela (you still never told me if you go by Pam or Pamela !! I'm glad you enjoyed my gallery.
All your reasoning for not doing a painting from online photos made perfect sense. But if you ever come across one of mine that you'd like to "play around with and paint or draw"...please make yourself right at home with any of them. I had an artist from Manitoba, Canada who really loved one of my photos and he not only asked me if he could paint it, but told me he would give me the original painting when he's done. I was FLOORED!! So sure enough, about 3-4 months later, he finished it and it turned out BEAUTIFUL!! It is now part of HIS online gallery here on dA. I now have the original one that he shipped to me (I also had it professionally matted and framed) proudly hanging in my living room.
Here it is ---->
Thank you for your very nice reply and for watching me now too. What part of Montana do YOU live? Just curious. I'll be spending a week at Glacier National Park hiking and doing my photography in mid-September. LOVE that state!!
I usually go by Pam, but Pamela is fine too. I have been called worse!
I like it here in Livingston. When my youngest daughter gets out of high school in a couple years I will decide if I want to stay here or go somewhere else. I would rather live in the country than in town - but we shall see. The Montana winters are too cold - but that is balanced out by the fact that I love going to Yellowstone Park in the winter when most of the tourists are gone . So I will have to put some thought into it between now and then
so much for that very nice compliment Pam!! I know the Bozeman/Livingston area pretty well and have always loved that area. I spent a few days at Yellowstone during the winter and fell more in love with that park at that time!! I rented a snowmobile and did my photography and loved every minute of it. Here's an old photo I shot with my old Canon 35mm camera while there --->