I’m actually on holiday at our cabin on Lake of the Woods at this moment. I did this painting just before we left.
It’s a colour study based on one of the plein air paintings I did some days ago. This scene is based on one of the very popular cafes along 19th St, in the Kensington area. What I find so interesting in this painting as opposed to the plein air sketch is the effect on the painting of extending and darkening the building on the left edge. I think it all of a sudden implies more of a story. It also strengthens the figure in the alley on the left.
What I will change in the final painting is the perspective. I want the tops of the buildings to be at a bit of a steeper angle. What I like in this image are the value contrasts and the Chinese white highlights on the figures.