This painting is progressing through it’s various stages. If painting urban landscapes is of interest to you, I highly recommend that you keep the following things in mind:
– you need good drawing skills to do these, whether your approach is technical or intuitive, an ability to “see” (not just understand) perspective is key
– a good under painting goes a long way in any piece, but it is critical to the success of an urban landscape, this is where you get your drawing, values and compositional issues resolved
– stay away from grids and other drawing aids if you want your painting to look loose and expressive, this will also force you to build your drawing skills rather than relying on aids. Get rid of the ruler and replace it with a 1″ flat brush, you can create great verticals that are believably straight with a flat brush and you mass in form rather than outlining, a much more natural approach.
I’m currently offering a workshop on urban landscapes at the NJ Visual Arts Center on Feb. 13, for more information click on the link: http://artcenternj.org/instructorclasses.php?id=191. I’m also offering a 10-week drawing class that covers the basics of form, value, proportion and perspective for artists who prefer to paint/draw in a non-technical, intuitive and expressive manner. “Expressive Drawing” is listed in the Classes section of the same link. Either of these classses will be helpful for urban landscape artists.