The idea for this was in my mind for a few months before I executed it. I wanted to do a view looking up at a building with it illuminated at night and the rain pouring around it. This church is on a height in a village, 3 miles from where I live. I wanted to do something different and memorable. I worked off a reference photo taken two days after Christmas, 2010.
I had noticed before I started painting this, that there is a fine contrast between street lighting and the twilight sky, between the yellow/orange glow and deep indigo of the sky. I was staying in Galway when I started on this, a fine town with an impressive cathedral. I like this painting a lot.