Reference Photo Simplification I create my watercolor paintings in a studio from reference photos taken by myself or supplied by other people.  My method for creating the “Creative Workbenches” was to take random photos in a workspace and look through them later to find a section or grouping that would capture the personality of the creative person.  The nice part of being an artist is that I can take out parts and put in pieces in different places if it works better for a finished painting.  That is good thing, because I am not skilled at photography, and I don’t have the patience to set up a scene with the best lighting and maneuvering things around to get the perfect shot.  When I started taking photos for my artwork, I increased my appreciation of artists 10-fold. Can You Find the Painting in This Photo Here is an example of a reference photo provided by my brother.  I am not sure if he was cleaning up or just showing off, but this was a table covered by a collection of all the screwdrivers, drill bits and drivers he had found in his shop.  I suppose this would not jump out at