There are plenty of paintings I’ve abstracted in the past, where I ignore the reality in order to gain a desired result. However, there are certain boundaries I don’t cross concerning lighting. I usually stay consistent with the light’s effects from one object to the next in order to express something that is believable to the eyes.
I broke those rules a little on this painting to get some contrasts I wanted. You could say I created a bit of an unreality.
For a long time, the painting on this canvas was of a vase, titled “The Vessel” (see the small bottom photo). I never felt really great about “The Vessel,” so I finally got up the nerve to paint over it. As I love to do with paint-overs, I purposely let strategic areas of the original painting show through. The color palette underneath (which included warm aquas and greens) set the tone for this city scene.
Ironically, then, the old painting/canvas was really a “vessel” for the new painting.