Sometimes having the right photo reference can make or break a painting. Case in point.
About twenty years ago I was visiting one of my Kingman cowboy cousins in Golden Valley (outside Kingman, Arizona) and I went out to take some photos near Secret Pass. I found an abandoned building and just as I snapped off a photo, a quick dust storm came up and I got a happy-accident-sequence of dust enveloping this abandoned structure. I knew that someday I would utilize this effect in a painting and this morning I finally got the chance.