It’s really a challenge going downtown to paint. First of all, you don’t exactly know where you’re going to find a good view. Sometimes you see something driving around, but there is just no way to stop. Then there is the traffic and, of course, where do you park? There are parking lots left and right but it’s usually at least $8 or more for parking. Pretty steep for a starving artist. I ended up parking in a lot but I found one that only charges $4 after 4pm. Good deal.
This view I found at a place called Weller Court. I was immediately attracted by the old City Hall and the way the light bounces around on it in the late afternoon. I might do a bigger studio version of this. I just love the light within the shadow side of the building, something that does not come out right in a photograph. In fact, City Hall always looks completely white in photographs and in reality it is an off-white, almost beige, giving it much warmer hues.
I painted this in a pedestrian zone, so I got lots of people looking and some commenting. I am trying to get used to this some more. I wanted to put a person in it so I took pics of various people walking by. It’s a bit of “cheating” I do to have a reference on the little camera screen. People walk by so quickly, it’s hard to do a sketch in just a few seconds.
I will definitely go back to do more. I love all the old buildings and dramatic light situations that can be found downtown. I hope you like it!