Fairly frequently, in the evening when I don’t want to work on an ‘official’ painting. I will set up in front of the computer and just randomly go through my photos. I choose the first one that strikes my interest and without any preparation at all I’ll just set a time limit of an hour to an hour and a half and just paint spontaneously. It’s often very freeing and it’s always a good learning experience even though the painting doesn’t always work out.
This is one of those practices. I’ve become interested in views looking down so this one struck my fancy. Here is the photo.
Here is the painting. It took an hour and a half and in this case I’m very pleased with the result. It’s almost completely a value study and because the values are right the painting works. You can see that most of the detail was left out but the light is great. The only change I would make is to add more figures and create a more interesting centre of interest. The values of the shadows on the building do guide your eye down to the bottom of the painting so that is a great spot to add more of a story.
In any case this is a very neat little practice idea to add interest and variety to your painting process.