It has never been a secret that my camera plays a very important role in most of my acrylic painting.
In the past, I’ve spent a great deal of time making an ink-jet color print of the photo (my field sketch) selected as the painting subject, wasting an inordinate amount of expensive Epson ink and print paper to produce a reference print with the appropriate detail, color and values.
Since adding an iPad to my studio equipment, I no longer make a color reference print. Instead, I make a quick black and white print on cheap paper providing all the information I need to develop the composition and drawing on the canvas. The color rendition of the photograph on the iPad screen provides me with a vastly superior body of the detailed color, light and shadows.
This snapshot shows my work table with the iPad, a flimsy black and white print and a glimpse of the nearly finished painting.