This one was done without the drawing. The likeness is pretty accurate. What's important to me about this piece is 1. Yeah there were some feature placement problems, but they remained fluid and correctable and 2. notice the total lack of detail in the treeline where the beach meets the sky - nothing there and yet it feels exactly as it should. These are big steps for a security cling-on like me!!!
This was done on canvas with an imprimatura of transparent red oxide at 8" x 8". More to come on this, however this week I'm going to be working on altering my landscape technique - relying less on reality and and going more for mood. Let's see what happens!