At an apple orchard last Fall I took this picture with my cell phone. What I love about cell phone images is the distortion that occurs. For the last few years I've been using cell phone pics as reference material for paintings. Because the images are "bad photos" there is less to be tied to when I start painting.
Acrylic, Oil Pastel, water-based Oil on board.
18 x 24
For this week's lesson in Ap Studio Art each student is using their own cell phone pics as reference for a painting. For a ground we're using backing board (used in matting art work), then a gestural pencil sketch , followed by an acrylic wash to lay in general color and values. After the wash the students can either continue with an acrylic painting or begin working on to of the acrylic in oil pastels.
For mine I started in acrylics, began working in oil pastel, then because it seemed better to work in oils; I used water based oils along with the oil pastels. Kind
of a back and forth thing with the oils and oil pastels.
So now I've opened up the oils option to the students. The assignment is due next class, I'll post the pics soon after. They're doing great so far, it'll be interesting to see where they end up!