Painting late afternoon sun

I’m working on a new seascape, with the sun at dusk reflecting on waves. It will be difficult to capture that effect and so this is where my preparatory work comes into its own, to iron out problems before they hit the canvas!

I made a small sketch, first in pencil and then in colour with pastels, during which I modified the composition slightly.  I was pleasantly surprised at how effective this was even in a small sketch, and so I’m excited for how it will look on canvas.

New painters beware – it is very tempting to start on the canvas before doing any preparation, but it can lead to disaster. I have found that out the hard way!