I thought I would share the process I am going through to work out the details of this marsh painting. I am really trying to be good about doing thumbnails and value studies before starting a painting. I am now using a bigger sketchbook so I have room for several sketches and notes. I am writing down what I want the mood and focus of the painting to be as well as any other notes to myself. I am thinking of this as my warm-up exercises before the actual painting begins. In this photo you can see my sketchbook and reference photos as well as three small color studies in different formats.