Painterly Landscape ~ Read The Rules - Capture Date Requirement

Challenge #12 in the Outside The Box series. Hosted by JamesWG.
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Your challenge is to create a landscape that looks like it might be a watercolor or oil painting. Although there are many "filters" and "textures" prepackaged with various applications, I would like you to create your own textures to enhance your entry and NOT use the "off the shelf textures". The texture should be consistent with the original image - some examples might be tree bark for a forest, rippling water for a lake etc.
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Big Ben
by gesiwu
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Submitted: Sunday, 24th June, 2012 07:30 (GMT)
Taken: Saturday, 23rd June, 2012
Focal length: 55 mm
Shutter speed: 1/250 sec
Aperture: F13
ISO: 100
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