I often play a lot of music while I paint in the studio. For seascapes I paint to Vienna waltzes, Cape Breton fiddle or Celtic fiddle. I'm not sure why but they remind me of the sea.
Here's the development so far of my latest seascape. (16x20)
First, rough in the forms.
Next, develop the darks or shadows.
Now add color. I'm paying more attention to values and color temperature at this point. Lots of color notes get dotted in to see how they will work.
Not much progress here. This might be where the fiddle music comes in... I'm starting to fiddle with the wave too much. Time to step back and organize my approach for the next phase.