From Photo reference to finished painting
Working from the Photo
One of the best ways to work from photos is to work from a computer monitor, as it is produced by light and not ink, which helped with the feeling of light from the sunset. Its almost like working from life but you have the comfort of the studio and all the time you need, instead of 15 minutes if your lucky!
This thumbnail exercise will save loads of time and materials as if you havent got a thumbnail you like then the finished painting wont be much good ether!
A small quick colour study (6 x 4 ins) is a great way to have a practice and sort out in your mind how the colours will work together before attempting a larger painting.