This thumbnail sketch was only the beginning to a grand painting adventure.Who would have guessed that the small sketch on the right could turn into so much fun?
I started with a pre-toned 5"x7" canvas and just scrubbed in some darks. The concept was "rough seas".
A very limited palette of colors again. Though this time I added Viridian Green to the mix. I thought a ship might add some drama... or might just be fun to try and paint.
Definitely have the stormy seas going. This is what I like about photographing my sketches as they progress because...
They change. But I still have a record of the previous idea.
As you can see, my sea voyage continued for a while longer. The weather became much more dramatic. That is, until the sun came out and the storm passed.