Today’s Milanese adventure brought me back to Brera, easily the most enjoyable part of Milan I have discovered thus far. After the obligatory two hours search (somehow) I settled on this Via, similar to yesterday’s view, which I enjoyed.
The feel of the area provided the energy required to finish, particularly important considering the weather being in the low 50′s, high 40′s. Fortunately, I found a pair of gloves at the Levi’s store for only 18 Euros (equivalent quality of 99 cent stretch gloves from a convenience store.)
After the jump, the toils which earned me my third plate of lasagna in many nights.
As always, getting the initial feel down in red.
Fully drawn, lots of darker shadows.
Sticking with yesterday’s formulaic alteration, no Hooker’s Green for round two and straight in with the blues.
Here comes the yellow, making this canvas an early stage trifecta of primary colors.
A reflective off-white-green to compliment the concrete colored portions of the composition.
A long round of painting with a deep burnt umber, crossing the i’s and dotting the streets.
While I saw some orange in the composition, considering it was Halloween, I decided to get a bit festive. A local said, “Wow, colorful for Milan – Milan can use some color.” He finished with a compliment, but you don’t need to hear that.
Greens, for foliage and dark reflections.
Some form of ultramarine blue, finding it’s way and trying to steer the canvas.
The street became confusing, so I began to work in more darks.
A zig-zag of lights on the street, complimenting the highlights added to the entire frame. As you can see, I lost the sunlight and had to finish the canvas with a hybrid of reality and choice. Isn’t that just like life?
Some dark purple made sense for the final color.
As you can tell, the final photo isn’t as vibrant as the original. I will post a better photo when I am home, for the only light I have access to right now is the romantic kind that makes even myself look handsome in a terrifically sparse hotel room. Happy Halloween.