Like the previous painting (Sunset, Buena Vista Park), I started this coastal painting by laying in the most intense colors first, and working out. I followed this approach in a previous coastal ice plant painting a few weeks ago. I think this is similar to how I’ve seen some painters–particularly figuaritve–start with the center of interest and work outward. It’s just another technique to try.
I think the shadows may be too dark in value…I may try editing it in photoshop to see what it would look like lighter. A large contrast in value is not always needed to indicate strong, direct sunlight.