As y'all know, the bulk of my work comes from painting my clients' photos. Some of the photos are awesome, with great light, a clear composition, and it's easy for me to pick what I like to highlight and create a beautiful painting. Sometimes, though, I spend as much time trying to piece together what the photo is supposed to represent as I do actually painting!
Before Christmas, I painted a series of small watercolors to commemorate a family's homes over the years. My client only had one photo that she'd taken herself; the others had to be sourced from Google Maps. Sometimes this works (see #2!) and sometimes... a LOT changes between the time you lived in the house and when Google took its photo (#3). I was lucky to have a thoughtful client with such a good memory!
Let's start with Exhibit A: