In the groove (or not)

Trying to get back in the habit of painting without worrying about the result.  I also need to get away from the sketchbook and onto some larger pieces.
This is a pretty ambitious London street scene (picture shamelessly stolen from Mr Shark over at   It has strong contrast and a lot of detail and it will be difficult to pull off.

First a thumbnail sketch to work out the tones.

The initial background washes.   I’m always wildly optimistic at this stage.

Second stage washes.    Fear and doubt creeps in now.

Start of the  details here.   I’m resigned to failure but will struggle on.

Getting there…

Ok maybe not.    I dampened and wiped off a lot of the dark lines, slowed down and tried again with some color.   There are some good parts but this is pretty much a lost cause now.

Tried a new photo in daylight and cropped.  I’ve done my usual trick of ending up with the focal point bang in the center again.  Although it doesn’t work as a whole there are parts I’m pleased with.  Suggesting the window detail and the roof detail in the houses has worked better than I expected for instance.   But in hindsight I attempted something much too complicated and expected to dash it off in an hour or so.  I think I’ll come back to this scene again but select parts of it to paint rather than the whole thing.

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