Many times, I just sketch different views of something--with a place in mind. This one was the rowboats at the entrance to Worlds' End in Hingham. Then I piece them all together, moving them around until they feel believable in perspective, and the composition is simple enough to make an strong color study.
This piece is a continuation of my "Man and the Moon" series. I draw in the basic shapes in charcoal, and then I refine each basic shape on additional pieces of paper which I then cut out, and reposition until it "feels" believable.