Morning Rush, Wet and Rainy Day, Victoria, 6" x 8", oil on board, 2010
I love crowded scenes with people, I love the rush hours. Every time I found myself passing through Victoria, I have often wondered when I'll have the chance to paint the place or how I'd go about it, since it is a crowded place and is so busy. But this week I broke the jinx. I set off early, got a good spot under Apollo Theatre, just as the homeless guys were waking up from their beds as this same spot is their sleeping place. It's a good shelter place and I needed it to be protected against the rain and also, people, because, even though I love people coming around, sometimes they talk so much, I end up analysing what they are saying and not analysing the scene. But that still didn't stop the honest enquirers coming for a peek!
This painting was done on board with no underpainting. I worked shape by shape and section by section. I really enjoyed it and now I am fired up to take on more rush hour scenes.
The painting in the box
Snapshot of the scene