My reference for this photo was a small plein air sketch I did about 3 years ago on 7th Ave. I’ve always liked the sketch but I was never sure how to paint it. I revisited the sketch last week and I started to think that I would like to try to paint it now.
This is the first colour study. I think there are some strengths like the power lines, the figures and the composition. There are a couple of things that I would like to change for the final version. Specifically, I would like to decrease the value of the distant buildings. I think they are a little too strong. Also, I would like to change the proportion of the various buildings. I want the first building to extend nearly to the middle of the paper.
Interestingly, over the last few months I have found that I’ve lost interest in doing pure landscapes. A painting has to have people or man made structures in it to catch my attention. I still love other peoples’ landscapes but I’m just not into doing them at the moment. I also enjoy painting buildings and vehicles more than I do mountains.