It’s not great as is but there’s lots I like. The bright sun on the church walls, the general shape of the building, the palm tree. And overall is the sense of California sunshine.
There was a fair bit of rearranging and invention. I took out various pieces - the tree, the front car and a lot of the signposts. There was also some rearrangement - the background building encroaches on the church so I shifted it to one side.
Off I went and tried to remember the guidelines :
- Big shapes with smaller regions of smaller shapes.
- Keep those values fairly constant within the big shapes.
- Economy of brushstrokes - no dabbing!
- Keep the color palette small.
I also moved back to Fabriano Artistico paper. I generally prefer this to most other papers. The color seems to flow better across the surface and the colors end up brighter. Arches in particular soaks up water like crazy which can dull colors when it dries.
So - mid way through what did we have?