Rainy San Francisco Street

A friend of mine was visiting San Francisco recently and posted this great photo; I asked if it would be okay for me to paint it, and he agreed.

San Francisco rainy street photo

Here’s my go:

I’m not really pleased with the result, and I have to keep reminding myself strongly that for the first one of cars on a wet street, it’s awful, but I can get better.


Yesterday I was in a painting mood, so I decided to return to this one and see about the sky at least.


Here’s how I left it last night. I think this is actually good enough now, but I might consider making the building a bit darker as well to match the original.

I am really loving how the sky turned out, the dark black / grey and the purple, with streaks coming down to look like rain.