Gathering and creating reference material for future paintings is one of the most enjoyable parts of making art, for me. This time, I was planning a series of Farmers' Market paintings for a gallery show. This would be a two-step planning process, before I ever started the actual painting: 1) Taking the pictures, and 2) creating the photo collages that I would use as references, while drawing and painting.
So, the first step was to visit the local Farmers' Market one Saturday to take lots of pictures. I brought along my sister, so I'd have many photo references to use. . .