|"Will-o-the-Wisp" 7"x 5" oil on "Gessobord" c. 2013|
I usually prefer to use my own photos. First, because I don't want to worry about copyright infringement, which is an issue I take seriously and second, I usually get the right light and subject if I take the photo myself. Sometimes though, it is nice to get an infusion of new images and ideas.
In my search for copyright free images, I found an excellent blog, "Painting My World" by Karen Margulis where she suggested two sites to go to: WetCanvas.com and Morguefile.com. These sites have images you can pay for and also copyright free images to use for artwork. (If you use the image unchanged, you do need to contact the photographer.) Eureka! I felt I struck gold.
Along with other ideas, I was looking for cats that had a "story" and this little ghostly kitten captured me and made me itch to get painting. I loved his silvery-ghostly softness and the look in his eyes that he was ready to disappear at a moment's notice... my Will-o'-the Wisp!