I bought this black and white photo at Swirl. I like to paint from black and white and all my photos are in the storage unit. I was attracted by the turkeys. Have wanted to paint turkeys for awhile.
I didn't have enough stretchers for a new canvas so I broke down a bought a pre-stretched canvas at a local frame shop that has a few art supplies. This is the first draft. I sketched in the shapes with charcoal so when I painted with a thin layer of paint I got a lot of smudging. That's okay. It will disappear later. And gives a nice outline. My paintings usually begin messy like this.
The second day I worked a bit more on the colors and forms. The turkey to the front looks like a goose. Only one of the mom's legs showed in the photo so I need to add one for the painting as it now is.
Colleen Browning in her book about painting suggests using a canvas much larger than the anticipated final painting will be so that you can make the painting larger and smaller at will as you paint. Thus you do what the painting needs rather than just buy into the edges presented by the frame. It's an interesting idea but I didn't do that here. I want to try it soon though.