Work in Progress: inspired by New Orleans

I'm currently working on a 3' x 5' canvas using photos I took in New Orleans in 2012. What a picturesque city! I went in the middle of July when it was hot and sultry, downpours of rain every afternoon and hardly anyone about. It was heaven.

The thing about humidity and gray skies is that it makes all of the colors look more vibrant and dramatic. I am hoping to capture some of that in this painting. Curious how? A lot of it has to do with layering, as you can see by these in-process photos:

I was listening to Neil Gaiman's American Gods during this part of the painting, and I admit it got a little dark. But I think in a good way, what an excellent and thought-provoking book!

I was listening to Neil Gaiman's American Gods during this part of the painting, and I admit it got a little dark. But I think in a good way, what an excellent and thought-provoking book!

And then there was sky!

And then there was sky!

And water...pretty soon decided that was the wrong color of blue-green though.

And water...pretty soon decided that was the wrong color of blue-green though.

Ah, new sky and new water, much better!

Ah, new sky and new water, much better!

Can you spot the difference? Hint: there's a bench. Oh wait, now I've given it away!

Can you spot the difference? Hint: there's a bench. Oh wait, now I've given it away!

This is one of those paintings where I did NOT have a title when I started. Sometimes I start with a title, sometimes it comes to me during the process and other times it eludes me until long after it's done. This one is still pending till completion...ideas?