Now this post isn’t about the excellent black & white silent movie that is in the cinemas at the moment, but about a painter who contacted me recently about one of my images, asking whether he could use it as a reference for a painting he wanted to produce.
Rod Munro sent me an email saying how much he liked my images, and he kindly offered me a fee for using the image, or to produce a painting for me of another of my images. That was a very easy decision and I selected the painting as I am now building quite a collection of other people’s work on the walls at home, where I have swapped images with them.
So without further ado here is a photograph of the small ‘trial’ painting which he kindly sent me. He will be showing the final image in an exhibition in Brodie Castle in May of this year. I think it looks wonderful, and it’s now hanging in our hallway at home.
As you can see from the original below he has used the image of the gravity-defying Kayleigh Lush as a reference rather than simply copying it, producing his own interpretation of it. I think the stripey socks and clean white background work best in the photograph, while the socks and background he has used work best in his chosen medium of watercolour.
I shall hopefully be visiting Rod later this year to pick up the other painting he will be doing for me, and I’m sure my trip will probably coincide with a model being in the area so that we can do a joint shoot ;-)
I have found that working with other people has helped my photography improve far more than if I had stayed as a lone worker.
So thank you Rod for contacting me in the first place, and for the trial painting, and to Kayleigh for effortlessly producing such dynamic poses.