Graphed Photo

Photograph of Church with Gridlines

A few months ago I discovered this incredible photograph of a beautiful church on line. I fell in love with the bright vibrant colors and knew I had to paint it.

The first step was to paint the blue background. Once that was dry it was time to tackle the drawing. Given the “ant” perspective, I knew it would be very tricky and would not look right if the drawing itself wasn’t correct.  Therefore, I drew a grid on the photograph composed of 1″ square blocks.

Charcoal Drawing

Charcoal on Canvas

Next, I  transferred the grid to the canvas using a 2:1 ratio. Using a charcoal pencil, I drew in the image.

Below is the finished painting. If anyone knows which church this is or its whereabouts, please let me know! Now that I have spent many hours with it, I would love to know the history!

Take Me to Church

9″x12″ oil on canvas adapted from photograph.