While in class today, I realized that my painting depicts a sunrise not a sunset. That decision was reached after another student came over to see what I was doing (she has been away for a few weeks), and excitedly said, "Oh, I have similar photos that I want to paint, but mine are sunsets." She showed me a few and the lightbulb in my memory room went on. There is a difference between the two in the colors in the sky, and her photos reminded me of those similar sunset pictures I had taken.
Today was only the second day on this particular version of the "study", but I think I am not only close to finishing it but also close to calling it a finished work rather than study. Having said that I may have thoroughly jinxed myself, but only time will tell.
The colors were accented in the sky and water during class after Sharon reminded me that I should put in my darks now so I could work on balance before I went too far one way or another. Also, the clump of mangrove in the water, the bit of land that juts out from the right, and the glimmerings of more foliage on the left were added today.
It's closer to finished.