Now begins the next layer of detail. During this phase it becomes important to run ahead in my mind and see the layout as a whole. All of the structure that can be instrumental in making the viewer comfortable in the final work needs to be created at this point.
I chose cloud formations that you see sometimes in the morning that remind me of sand patterns on a shore. So the decision was made to make this a sunrise.
These first four phases were done through December. The first days of the new year have given me several more opportunities to work on the painting. Tomorrow I will post more process shots and bring you up to current if I can.