I knew I wanted a sailboat, or, maybe many, and just painted until I saw something emerge. I went for a mood portrayed by a limited palette, so I could concentrate on shapes with subtle value changes. I kept the sailboats as minimal as possible and the distant ones even more so, didn't entirely clean my brush between color changes to keep some harmony, one stroke across the bottom of the sails to indicate the boat, and some broad strokes across the foreground. Please let me know what you think, does this work…..not? I would love any opinions, don't spare my feelings! This is a 10 x 8 oil on canvas.