The glowing streets of neon uplit the dark shadowy towers like molten lava flowing between rocks.
I choose a cropped composition that lost the horizon and highlighted the unusually high vantage point, focusing on two streets that slice through the picture plane forming a dynamic ‘X’.
The glassy building in the top right quadrant cast some really interesting reflections; the distortion of the glass giving the reflected light an organic quality that encouraged some unusual fluid directional brushwork.
Night painting is always a test of how far the contrast levels can be pushed; a challenge in getting close to the correct tonal values, so the neon really does sing out of the darkness. Two of the peers that I admire, whom are strong influences for modern night subject matter, are Michael John Ashcroft for his Manchester series and Rob Perry RBSA for his Black Country works.
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