It is that "ornate" that drew me in. From a distance they are small enough not to make an impact. But I walked by it quite often and this one time I stopped to study just the external sconces. They were made of bronze. But, what drew me was how much detail was thrown into a small light. While the more modern buildings seem to spend more on the "clean" lines, the older buildings have details and squiggles and swirls and business.
I stood there drawing the basic shape of it along with just one section of the sconce and the background gate since it was close to freezing out there. At home I finished it up. It was about this time of year when it could be very cold or tolerable and the jacket I wore that day was too light. Of course I was new to the city and did not know to be prepared for this weather. As time went on here I did more sketches in the cold. But, still the weather dictates how long I can work on it on site. Thank God I started carrying around my digital camera for times like that.