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When you take a photograph of a scene, all the darks (no matter how far back) get squashed to the same black, usually. It's up to us to fake a little of the atmosphere we know is there.
I recently painted from this particular photograph and thought it was a perfect example of this concept. The way I approached it was the mix two darks on my palette right next to each other. One darker than the other. I made sure I used nothing darker than the lighter one in any of the background. And I think it really worked well to push the buildings back.
So now you try it. : ) With my photo or one of your own. Have fun!
Please be sure to follow the spirit and the letter of the challenge.
For example, each submission must be painted after the challenge is posted.