Live Panel: Choosing and Using Reference Photos: Tips & Tricks

Thursday, May 18

5–6pm MDT
7–8pm EDT
12am–1am BST (Friday)
9am–10am AEST (Friday)

Mentors: Lee Munn and Mellissa Read-Devine


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Using reference photos to paint is a common practice among artists, but not every photo is a good one to use—some may be too busy, have a distorted perspective, or have inadequate lighting or contrast. How do you choose a good photo?

Join Mastrius Mentors Lee Munn and Mellissa Read-Devine for a panel on Choosing and Using Reference Photos: Tips & Tricks.

Lee and Mellissa will share from their own extensive painting experience and answer questions like:

  • What makes a good vs. bad reference photo for a painting? 
  • What are some common mistakes artists make when using reference photos?
  • How can a reference photo help me improve my paintings? How can they hinder my progress?
  • How can you most effectively work off multiple reference photos for a single painting? 
  • So many questions!! BRING YOUR OWN! Mastrius Mentors are here to help.


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Meet Lee Munn

Oil | Acrylic | Watercolor

Lee is a landscape style artist born in Hamilton Ontario. His formal art education began over 40 years ago, and continued through his late teens when he studied ‘Fine Arts’ at DVSA and ‘Arts & Graphic Design’ at George Brown and Sheridan College.

Lee’s a firm believer in painting his home city & province. He travels all over Ontario in all seasons both painting small pieces on location and taking photographs, then bringing them home to his studio to turn into larger paintings. Nature and the outdoors have always played a strong role in his art. All paintings were done while listening to one band. No matter the length, it is still the same band. All paintings are named to a line from the music that went with it, many paintings named by the bands.

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Meet Mellissa Read-Devine

Acrylic | Mixed Media | Printmaking – Linocut

Mellissa was born in England and as a child emigrated to Australia with her family.

Having lived in Melbourne, Canberra, Townsville, and Darwin, she now lives by the Hawkesbury River north of Sydney.

Since the 90’s she has continuously studied and practised painting and printmaking honing her art to vibrant optimistic harmony with the natural landscape.

The recipient of many Australian art prizes, Mellissa’s style is distinctive with her electric palette and layered application of brush strokes.

Mellissa’s paintings have evolved into her “macropointilist” style celebrating the shape, colour and brushstroke of contemporary impressionism.

These characteristics come together presenting unique representations sought after by both Australian and international collectors alike.

A Fellow of the Royal Art Society of NSW, Mellissa is also a fine art tutor and travels to teach art enrichment workshops around the world.

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Event Details






Date: May 18, 2023

Start time: 05:00 p.m. MDT

End time: 06:00 p.m. MDT

Venue: Online



Since 1994 Tri-Art Manufacturing is a Canadian family run company producing a wide range of artist paints in Kingston Ontario. Tri-Art is known by artists nationally and internationally for it's high quality products. Starting with 3 founding members and a single paint line, in a 100 square foot area, Tri-Art has now grown to employ over 70 people, and produce over 20 different paint lines in a production area of over 100,000 square feet.