In this step I focused on establishing the major elements of the composition–making sure that the proportions and drawing of the ship and rowboat were correct before blocking in the larger negative shapes of the water.
Because the larger areas are lighter in value, I had to add some white paint to my colors. The added white does not dry as quickly, which slows down the process.
Adding light blue in the water itself was not a problem because it will be blended, creating softer edges on a later step.
Waiting for areas to dry gave me more time to establish some of the darker values in the ship and the rowboat.
Next, I began to focus on the larger area of the water.