Here is the sketch (12x12, and the finished painting (16x20). I decided to make it into a horizontal composition to introduce more context for what felt to me like an overly dominant capital building. I also brightened the color relationships a bit. I used to resent doing sketches in preparation for larger paintings. I just wanted to get with it, and it seemed like a burden to have to paint a subject again. It isn't really the case, though. As I became more interested in capturing the feeling I want in a subject, it began to be an enjoyable exploration of possibilities. I've also found it to be an invaluable rehearsal for having more fun with the larger
painting, since I have a better idea of what I'm trying to do.
©Jimmy Longacre 2015
16x20 oil on canvas panel
subjective realist landscape paintings