Storm Brewing, pencil sketch
Storm Brewing, color Study
Here are two photos showing my thought process behind the development of a painting. I love stormy skies, and the photo I used for my reference was very dark. I began with a rough sketch, making notes about values. The little painting is a quickie, getting the color and values of the various elements. I like most of the painting, but might add more buildings as shown in the sketch. I might also make this a vertical piece since I'd like to add more of that stormy sky. This may or may not become a finished painting, but the ideas and values are there if and when I decide to paint it.