What I'm learning about painting water is that I need to stare at the wave action a long time and get the characteristics implanted in my memory. Then in studio I know what should be there in nature.
I think that Ive achieved the mood that I was originally after. I visit the shore for a few hours but these gulls live in and are one with the interface of ocean and sea. Rain, wind or sun they are capable and comfortable. I think I'll save this one for submission into the upcoming Cowichan Valley Art Festival.