I love painting from life. The challenge of rendering what I see in front of me into a painting is one of the greatest joys in my life.
Mechanical means of “observation” such as photography, remove most of the personal experience one has when painting from life. Though a camera is technically brilliant, it feels nothing toward the subject. It has no understanding of what is being recorded. It simply records a flat representation and leaves out the countless stimuli an artist can experience when creating a painting.