I started this plein air painting standing on the steps of the Altes Museum in Berlin. Fortunately it was under a balustrade and away from all the tourists. So, I had some time to focus and not get distracted. Initially the lighting was an overcast sky and dull. I thought that I will have a good permanent lighting situation and can spend more time on accuracy. I took extra care to block in the proportions of the building and laying in the dark and medium values.
Baroque and Neo-classicism architecture always provide a challenge. They have so much detail, that I need to be careful not to get drawn into the detail considering the time limit I had. I had to just convey the impression of detail. I had to work quick. Toward the final moment the light changed and some sun light peeked through the sky and created on the facade some beautiful rich lighting accentuating the crevasses and form of the complex architecture.. I hurried to capture that impression and blocked in the highlights in just a few minutes.