I think this image has a lot of potential. The original scene is very complicated with lots of elements including buildings, cars, a person, signs galore and whatever those large white shapes are. My goal was to try to simplify and connect shapes. I also wanted the painting to speak of Christmas.
Traditionally I would try to paint each window, building, car as separate shapes. I would try to match the colours that were actually there. Now, I want to do it differently by concentrating on value and connecting and simplifying the shapes. This image is a step in that direction though there is still a lot of room for development. When done well there is a unity and focus to the painting.
As mentioned in a previous post, an experimenter like me must keep trying different versions in order to work out what simplification actually looks like. It’s so easy to recognize when we see it in a finished painting but to see it plein air is a different beast.
Because of the comments received from Shelley I’ve put up the original version of this painting. The larger one is the same image with various darks strengthened.
This image is 8 X 11. I’ll have another chance to do it in a larger version. I’ll post the results.