I have started a new painting and this is the first step for a seascape painting in oil. My sketch is done in black and grey marker and I am working on the composition of the painting at this stage. As you can see this sketch is of two girls playing at the beach. So the background is water with sand in the front left corner. At the top is the orange floats that surround the swim area. I’m not sure yet if I will keep those in the painting, if they add to the painting then I will include them. So at this stage I am working out where I will place the focal point (the girls) and where the dark and lightest areas are in the painting.