My inspiration for tackling such a complex view was purely to see if I could do it. I really enjoyed digging into the minutiae of all the details this view had to offer and simplifying them in oil paint.

The tube greens were from Winsor & Newton and Gamblin: sap green, viridian and permanent green light. I used those in combination with ultramarine and thalo blue mixed with various yellows to get the rest. The tricky part was keeping the color temperature on check because that was the way to differentiate between the different areas.

This oil painting is another one with lots of edges that needed attention. I enjoyed the differences each area had to offer. The water in the foreground is a good example of soft and hard edges coming together to make the whole scene. I showed considerable restraint in not putting in too many white reflections but rather putting in just the right amount for it to read as water.