I selected a small canvas and toned it with yellow ochre and a touch of Alizarin. Then I tried to block in all of the darks that dominated the composition. In reality, the building is a deep barn red/brown, but I need more contrast, so I left the tone as the building color in the beginning, adding brighter highlights as I went along. I simplified the umbrellas and pushed the color of two of them. The stairs added a little detail and I spent some time suggesting tables and other "clutter" in the darks under the umbrellas.
Later we had some delicious pizza (and beer) and sat at the window next to the green screen door. I highly recommend Pizza Plus in Sutter Creek. Fabulous...and a small pizza is enough for two, easily. Check 'em out.
|Pizza Plus Patio - Sutter Creek Oil on 9 x 12 canvas panel|
My Art Site: Bruce Hancock Fine Art