An Experiment with Art


Church Photo

Kenmare Chuch photograph

Over the last few days, I’ve been experimenting with watercolours and stencils to see if I could create a watercolour painting with a slight abstract look.

I started by taking photos of the church in Kenmare, and used one where the building wasn’t obscured by the trees. Then, I turned the photo’s contrast up on the computer and printed out a black and white image onto card to make a stencil out of. I cut out the stencil and used a sponge to dab watercolours through the stencil.

It took a few attempts but I managed to get my first clean image of the church. The trees were painted freehand but it didn’t look quite right. I made another final painting, tidying up the trees a little. In the final painting I moved the tree in front of the church in the photograph to the back. The picture looked good, but there were a few small mistakes, such as one of the windows in the wrong position.

First successful painting of Kenmare church

   It took a few attempts but I managed to get my first clean image of the church. The trees were painted freehand but it didn’t look quite right.

   I made another final painting, tidying up the trees a little. In the final painting I moved the tree in front of the church in the photograph to the back. The picture looked good, but there were a few small mistakes, such as one of the windows in the wrong position.

   It was just a small project and it was interesting to create a painting that could be repeated again and again, but unfortunately the stencil has started falling apart because of the water content in the paint.

Final painting of Church

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Posted on June 4, 2012, in Experimental, Painting and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Nice work Dan, and a great webpage too!

  2. Nice technique! I really like the first one, it has a nice print-like quality to it.

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