At top is my reference photo of Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda. I wanted to do a fun, festive painting showing all the colorful umbrellas and colorful people. I thought each person in the photo was so interesting, each with their own life story to be told. My value study above was done with the thought of using a light blue sky. I was feeling uncertain about this choice, so Eric suggested doing a smaller thumbnail study (upper right) with a different treatment for the sky. Then, choose the one you like best. After looking at both I still couldn't decide. I started painting anyhow, without determining my direction. Big mistake. The sky came out blotchy and unattractive. Eric says....if you're tired or indecisive....step away from the painting! Wait to start til you feel confident. Confidence in brush strokes shows. I was so unhappy with the piece I took it home and hosed it off in the shower. It can still be saved. I will tackle it again later when I'm certain about my color and value choices. Good lesson learned.