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Snapshots of Spain: Inspiration Abounds!

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." (Saint Augustine) 

Today I'm sharing some more photos from our trip to Spain.  I believe that an enormous part of being an artist, for me, is being exposed to different cultures, different approaches, and different ways of living in the world.  Sometimes you are lucky enough to go around the world to absorb all that different, and thanks to the internet, we can all catch a glimpse!  I hope you enjoy these photos!  Come and take a peek through my eyes:

From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain

From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain

From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain

From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain

From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain

From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain

From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain

From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain

From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain

From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain

From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain

From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Snapshots of Spain
How are these photos useful to you?  Four ideas for you:

 ONE: Use the colors you see.  There's a FREE online color palette generator you can use to turn any photo into a five color palette:

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TWO: Paint what you see.  I often paint and sketch from photos.  Because the photo has already flattened the object, it's easier than drawing from real life (plus nothing moves). 

I think this photo...

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...would make an amazing painting.  Especially in watercolor where the people were really loosely done.  I messed around with some Photoshop filters to check my hunch and look how cool it turned out:

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THREE: Steal the patterns!
  I snap photos of interesting patterns everywhere I go.  Just be sure you reinterpret them!

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FOUR: Steal the composition.
  Sometimes when I really love a photo, I realize it's because the composition is just so good.

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I would turn this sketch on its side and it could easily become a painting!  Just color in the shapes!  In fact, I did that in Photoshop and in about 5 minutes, I had this digital sketch:

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A quick and easy study for a larger "real life" painting.

I hope you feel inspired! Thanks for stopping by!

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