I am posting several paintings that I finished as demonstrations this last week. I will be showing you the sketch or value pattern that I used for the demonstration so you can get a feeling for how I work on my paintings. I always use a black and white 3 to 4 value sketch and hardly ever refer to a photograph while painting. I do use photos to correct my drawings and to look for inspiration but I will always turn them over when the painting starts. No matter how much I like the drawing and sketch, I will always look to the photo with all of its’ detail when given a choice. Use the photo, make the sketch, and turn over the photograph.