I started this painting with a dark blue ground and used it to create the texture in the building by allowing the blue to peek through. I really like how it looks. I’ve recently learned something new. When I started painting in oils a couple years ago, I usually started with a detailed pencil drawing directly on the canvas. Lately, no matter how complicated the subject, I create my "drawing" by using brushstrokes. I just try to get the basic proportions and angles correct and not worry too much about defining every little detail. When I begin to paint, I’m able to keep my brush strokes looser as I’m not as worried about conforming to my pencil sketch. This has really been a break through for me!