This painting is from a photo that I have looked at for a few years. I love the shapes and the people and just the way the pieces fit together. I just could not figure out how to approach it and not get hung up in the tons of little details of a busy street scene in San Francisco.
So during the Randall Sexton workshop we could work from a photo and I thought what better way to learn how to get this in oil. Blocking everything in was pretty easy, but editing the right things in and out was where I needed help. With the help of Randy to guide me along I managed to keep it simple and still get a feeling of movement on a busy morning. Shapes are key and the waiter and umbrella number one and the walkers second. Everything else supporting the main subject. I felt pretty good about the decisions I made and it was great to have great advice and instruction.