One of the paintings on my painting page, entitled "My Brothers and Me", is done from an old black and white photograph that my mother found in a drawer years ago and gave to me. I enjoy looking at old photographs and reinterpreting them in a more modern context through my paintings.
Usually, I scan the photo and begin trying various tools to change the image and alter its presentation yet retain the basic photo. It is fascinating to me to discover how little visual infromation is needed to maintain and present the photograph in a new format.
When I find an interesting print, I make a black and white copy of it and sketch a pencil grid on top of it and transfer the image onto a canvas. Then, I choose colors which create contrasts and actually, a small painting with each box within the total grid. Makes for many interesting final compositions. -- BL