This scene has an irresistible combination of light, middle and dark shapes, spiraling inward toward the center. If you take some time to ask questions about which layer does what, you may gain a sense of confidence about how to go about turning it into a painting.
For example, “When do the shapes get their final definition?”
“Where do I need hard edges?”
“Can I afford to treat the lights very loosely?”
“How many layers will I need to do justice to the image?”
I’d love to see 15 versions (one from each of you, that is) of this same photo on the wall next Wednesday. Please bring all your studies, as well as any masterpieces that happen to occur.