The eBay ACEO group in which I participate has a mid-month photo challenge. January’s challenge used a photo I took of the Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion) in Kyoto, Japan when I visited there in July of 2005. Below is my photo and my miniature painting. While realism is not my preferred style of painting I have used it for this exercise.
The landscape of the Silver Pavilion is all artificial. By that I mean there was not a lovely lake and forest where a temple was then built. It was all created by man. Construction began in February of 1482. It is called the Silver Pavilion because the intention had been to cover the structure in silver foil.
The painting was made using watercolor pencils and water soluble graphite pencils. ACEOs (art cards editions and originals also known as ATCs artist trading cards) must be 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (6.4 x 8.9 cm).