This view was captured as we sailed down the Hudson River on a Cruise ship bound for Bermuda. It was a magnificently clear evening, and the light was outstanding. I particularly liked this cropping of the New York skyline in that it emphasizes the size of the Empire State Building, while the surrounding buildings look like a fantastically complex toy village.
My initial drawing and block-in is pictured below.
This illustrates what i am learning, particularly from Scott Nickerson's Master Classes at Colorest. Specifically, to achieve a truly complete painting with fully integrated, color, value, chroma, and structure, takes a lot of time and effort. After recreating a Vermeer, I understand why he only did thirty some paintings in a lifetime. I also think he must of painted with brushes with only one hair!
Fortunately, I truly enjoy the process with all of its turns and surprises as I go along! I am happy painting!