I generally start with a a number of observations and an oil sketch. I work from photographs while in Barbados because the 'sweet spot' in the light is so short, dusk and dawn are gone in minutes, when the light is soft and the colours are at their most vibrant. In Norway I can work from life because the light changes are so much slower and the midday light is less harsh. The sketch will be on a small canvas, 10" x 12" works well.
...And above is the final painting in a bigger size...
Oil paints are so forgiving. Sometimes paintings don't work out, and I end up painting over them. I find having something underneath gives something special to the final piece.
'East Coast Road' benefits from the richness of the earlier painting underneath.