I’ve cropped it in various ways. I’ve tried watercolour. I’ve tried soft pastel. I am unhappy with the results. The atmosphere eludes me. So I’m trying another tack. I searched through my photos for a more active sky. I don’t want it too active for that defeats the mood I’m trying to recall, but I can calm it down. What I find difficult is creating an imaginary sky.
Here is one of my cropped images and my chosen sky. I am working in Canson Moonstone with soft pastels. I hope they will conspire to give me that dreamy, end-of-a-happy-day feeling. This cropping is too severe, I think, but I’m going to start the sky first then ease up to the composition as I see how it goes. What I won’t do is finish the sky before I start on the pergola, and if I like it I may not put the pergola in at all, just find another sky for it! Below is my third attempt!
I have looked at the photo again and have cropped the image a bit wider to include the wisteria (it’s there but it’s a winter photo) and the decorative lamp post. This is Lisbon, so there are all those decorative tiles and some of their decorative pavement. How much of that detail will I show? I don’t know. Certainly the wisteria could grow a bit.