Ah well, back to the drawing board then. :unhappy:
I suppose I could use the excuse that the year is 1815 in the English Regency period and electricity hadn't yet been invented. High society (of the sort who had balls etc) sort of objected to the smells of kerosene or fat-oil and insisted on wax candles. The only light outside came from the moon ( assemblies and balls were arranged at full moon periods wherever possible and drapes left open to utilise such light as was there) and rush lights (no street lamps in pravate houses/mansions etc, just servants carrying oil lamps and inside they had to have an awful lot of candles and many mirrors to reflect light. On my scene there are servants everywhere, helping people out of carriages etc, lots of noise and bustle. That's what I went for, not a masterpiece really.
Unlike Milford Zorn I'm not a professional artist, just somebody painting for fun and enjoying the hell out of it, but thanks for you good intent and advice on my, er, mistakes. (-: