Some artist do value studies, other color studies, or just line drawings. I prefer what I call a field sketch which combines a value study with a study of color and line work. It is obvious from this sketch that the major contrast in the painting will be from the boat, to the trees and the water. When you see the final painting you can tell me how well I did.
I am the Arkansas watercolor guy who enjoys painting in my studio and en plein air. I retired at 62, having a great time. The paintings shown here are almost all for sale. To buy a painting contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 501 666-4194. Hope to hear from you soon.