This painting is 24"x36". I initially did a 12"x16" study in order to see if I could try to keep some areas loose. I find this often helps if I plan to paint a larger image, though I still always get tighter on the big pieces.
What drew me to this subject was the soft, muted tones of the distant buildings, and that was the part of the painting I had the most fun with. I am reasonably pleased with the looseness of the people and the buildings, which I simplified quite a bit relative to the source photo. Getting looser is an ongoing challenge, and I strive for it in every painting I do. So hard to relinquish the illusion of control that painting "between the lines" gives.