Having tried geometric stencilling, here are some irregular shapes cut into the acetate with a stanley knife. Leaves and flowers are overlaid onto each other, but each layer must be allowed to dry before the next one is painted on, so this picture took a few weeks to finish.
Stencilling doesn’t suit my temperament. I don’t like waiting a week for each layer to dry, I much prefer to start and finish a painting in one day. I also find the stencilling fiddly to execute, compared to the freedom of gestural brush marks, where you can make choices about each brushstroke as you make it.
Having said all that, I couldn’t have painted the “flower bush” this way without the stencils (check out the two flowers I attempted to paint free-hand before I realised that a stencil would be necessary in order to match the flowers with the leaves). I quite like how the stencilling looks, despite the fact that the colour choices are very poor and the overall composition pretty dull.
I was inspired to stencil leaf shapes by this Jules de Balincourt painting (below), and the flower shape ended up being pretty similar to Warhol’s flowers.