I think I'm done with this one now. I darkened the brick on top and the sign and flag still stand as focal point with the hard edges. The cars do stand out for sure, but I think this painting now is a little more pleasing to the viewer, at least I hope so.
This journey in oil painting is a continuous building of skill. An art instructor once told me that once you master one thing, it stays with you and comes naturally. It becomes part of your memory. I have come a long way since I began my blogging. Even though I get into a slump every now and then, I absolutely love painting and try to evoke this passion in my work.