Your technique, rich in details are superb. By using somewhat faded colours it rather make one think it really are one old painting we see here.
Many details seen are of a kind that actually existed: The horse pulled cart, the barges and the building at far left - such buildings remain today from that age. (I even got some buildings with that colour scheme here locally)
The steam bus (or it it supposed to be a tram?) the train in the rear and steam powered tricycle also reminiscent of things from the era.
With those realistic elements seen, at least I tend to accept the Jules Verne'ian airship in the sky. if not as realistic...at least find it an believable part of the painting.
I do not give full points on impact, the reason are that I do not get a clear sense of distance for the object in the rear. The chimney at far right are in fog or smog, also the farthest part of the street seen between the two vehicles pulled by horses. Yet I get the notion that the steam zeppelin and the associated tower are closer even though the railway station are in front.
While writing this I also found out the other detail that nagged in the rear of my head. The brown colour of the water which do not have much reflection of the leaden sky above.
Truly epic detail!! Love this steampunkish turn of the century style backdrop, and your use of color is very amazing. This lovely looking place reminds me of a quaint Itailian ville..the striking detail you put into this work is utterly breathtaking. My eye roams the entire piece..you did an outstanding job on color selection and application. If I had to pick at one point..it would be the color of your water..but even that is good. The windows look amazingly real, as does the light sandstone colored buildings and cobblestone streets. The residents are dressed for the time, and bring the work to life, helped by the zepplin and steam train and railcar. The greens and yellows of that railcar are tremendous, adding depth and texture above the flats.
Overall, easily one of the best environment/backdrop works of art for this genre I've had the pleasure of viewing in quite some time. keep the great work coming!!!
So, for the critique. One from a side watcher, not a specialist in painting in any way. And - only because it was requested.
First of all - as with all your paintings, a wonderful mix of ages. This contrast between weathered streets and building, on one hand, and fantastic technologies, ingrained in these remains of the old world - create a terrible feeling of the edge of times. Such a thin balance, a precautious lean of the world on the brink of changes and commotions, but a time of possibilities unreachable before too.
By the way, I seem to find a distinct color division between new world - light blue and the old one - rusty yellow. Or am I imagining it?
Secondly, I notice one more tradition of your art - all people in view seem to be... alone. Even those groupped together and engaged in some interaction, seem to have only met and soon to part, and only together for some business, sharing no part of each other. This only adds to the impact, creating a sense of loneliness spreading out of the canvas on the watcher. Such a sweet and painful loneliness, bringing up memories of one's own past.
Lastly, and also as always, you put a heavy accent on fantastic vehicles, mostly aerial. It serves not only to emphasise the fleetiness of the moment - ready to throw down the walks and set sail to other place somewhere, but to make the watcher wonder, what IS there, behind the buildind-obstructed horison - is'nt it a treat of our time too, inherited from that fragile age?
On the painting skills of yours I will not comment - since I, to be honest, know nothing about the trade.
I simply enjoy each next piece of yours.
First of all I love the image, gorgeous painting! I completely agree with the critique as well.
Second of all I have a steampunk blog on Tumblr accendamur.tumblr.com/ where I am beginning to write my own steampunk novel and was wondering if I could upload your image. I would of course include the link to your picture in the description and not take any credit for it.