This is a commission that I am now painting for a nice lady in London and is actually the second painting with this title but I'm using it again because it seemed appropriate. A return to my urban scenes with buskers, the client asking for it to be not too American despite the diner in the foreground. I changed it to "Cafe" and removed a foreground fire hydrant and replaced it with a London-style bollard, I guess the background could be any big city. There will be a few people around in the background but no cars.
The lighting is planned to be a warm afternoon sun hitting the foreground with most of the buildings across the street in shadow with a thin strip of sky in the middle.
This is the first stage of the tonal underpainting using a mix of Burnt Sienna and Winsor Violet thinned with Liquin and applied with a small bristle brush, a 1/2" flat and a rag.
Oil on linen 23 1/2" x 23 1/2"