I am sure this topic is covered somewhere but I haven't found it.
It is one thing to paint realism from a still life or even while doing plein aire. Obviously, this is why those are the preferred methods. But what about the long winter (spring, are we skipping spring this year?) when photos are all you have and all you want to do is paint landscapes? Honestly, I don't have ANY photography that I would want to copy exactly. Its really a challenge and what sets apart the good from the great artists, I believe. Making a photographic reference that is subpar come alive in a painting is really the true challenge for me right now.
Does anyone have further thoughts, suggestions or experience on this subject?