This is a (successful, I believe) attempt on my part to re-create a period scene of downtown Charleston. Alice Ravenel Huger Smith was able to impart a dreamy ethereal quality to her watercolors because she was able to work from memory. Once I established my lights and darks, I also completed this watercolor from memory. Its small size, 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches, complicated things a little bit but the end result was worth it. I was particularly please that St. Michael's Alley sold within a day of taking it to the gallery!