It's many streets and small parks are in the process of transformation with the arrival of dramatic new architectural developments. Who knows if they will still be here in years to come.
For this demonstration I began a painting at about midday. Knowing that the light would very soon change I focused on the main abstract shapes which would soon be exposed by the changing suns position. The house was in shadow when I started but I knew it would soon be lit. With that in mind I painted out the general forms first and prepared to work from dark to light.
Here's a step by step of the process.
This is the scene before the sun had moved.
It's simplified forms are actually an advantage and within an hour it had changed dramatically as more light fell upon the building and trees.
I began blocking in the main shadow forms using burnt ochre, blue ultra and my favorite green.
The same color with a tint of red was used for the shadow on the building. I quickly began pulling out lights in the face of the house by sketching in lighter values around the shadow forms.
It's almost there now. At this point you can see the dramatic effect that adding a bright green to the painting has. It's strong shadow forms hold it together and it pops nicely. It's tempting to stop but an additional hour of painting lighter values on the building and greens in the foreground proves rewarding and none of the spontaneity is lost. I still haven't focused on any real details preferring to draw the lights out of the dark.