My painting continues on the Pitigliano Street scene. Today, I worked on the left buildings and the iron lamp. I didn't make the paint too heavy on this side so that it allows the eye to skip down the street and not get caught on the way. I added shadows and highlights to the figures and kept the outlines soft.
One of the many things I learned at Johanna Spink's demonstration was to look at your painting with a mirror. She paints portraits and finds this to be very helpful when evaluating her sketch. This technique will really make those small errors in perspective stand out and allow me to fine tune any small problems.
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I have started the canvas painting from the Pitigliano Street photo taken in Italy. Because the perspective is so important, I spent a little time mapping out the scene on the canvas before I started to put the color down. The top picture shows the very start before I placed in the values over the initial sketch.
As I was painting in the color, I tried to go back to Italy to remember my impression of the scene with the glowing light at the end of the street. I may have to darken some of the areas but I would rather leave them a little too light and add dark to them later. When you start with an area that is too dark it is difficult to lighten the color without making it look flat or chalky.
The second picture shows my painting with the major shapes in place. The application is still very light with only a few hints at the detail to come.