In a perfect world, I would paint outside and would only work in my studio when it was cold or rainy. Sadly, I do most of my painting in the studio early in the morning when most sane people are still sleeping. Since I use photo references extensively, I have to make sure I capture the light. When my photo reference doesn’t have enough information, I’m sometimes forced to recreate the scene.
Here’s a “shack” that I constructed out of a shoe box (thank you Zappos!). I played with the light to get the effect I wanted. Note my assistant, Scoot, in the background of the second shot.
You can see the finished painting below.