Clinging to photographic reference. Excuse number four.
So many artists feel that they would be stymied in their career without the use of photography. Their ideas are so phenomenal they cannot escape the lure and ease of the unmovable print.
MY GOD! I cannot paint animals! Rosa Bonheur did and in spades. She had a deep love for animals and went to great lengths to learn how to represent them with passion and skill. She always painted them from life and they are far from static images.