First step for most of my works is to "have an idea but make it vague one." (To paraphrase Pablo Picasso.)
I am always motivated to paint ocean waves. I love their movement, color, their ever changing motion and so much more.
The above photo is the first step in this painting's journey.
The photo below is another phase and the bottom photo is the painting when I stopped.
I love "layering" my works for many reasons. I think doing so adds depth, interest, and even a little drama. My paintings often direct me rather than me direct them. While I am painting I seldom stop myself or question a decision I make. Go with the flow seems to work for me.
At this stage for this particular work I "kicked" up the color a bit. Added a few details and highlights and then decided to stop. Sometimes it is appropriate to leave some of the painting "undone" so the person looking at the painting can do some imagining. Not sure if a painting is ever finished but I think this one works. I hope others like it and understand a little about my painting process. Enjoy!