Victoria Street, Edinburgh boasts a quaint array of brightly coloured artisan shops and restaurants on a gentle incline that takes one down to the Grassmarket. Although it doesn’t have the grandiose feel of Princes Street or George Street, it typifies (for me anyway) the spirit and architecture of Edinburgh.
A dark, threatening sky was always going to be a prerequisite to any painting of the architecture to ensure that the sunlit stone work above the colourful shop facades stood out to provide suitable weight to balance out the heavy shadow areas on the left of the painting. Carefully positioned shoppers stepping in and out of those shadows helped to tell the story of retail life on Victoria Street. For more paintings of Edinburgh, go to alanreed.com.