I wanted the stacks to "belong" to the sky and to sit back in the distance, so I washed the sky color over them. I painted this portion upside down so the darker color would flow to the top of the paper.
You can see a small amount of resist holding the white foam of the waves.
Here I have begun painting mid-values wet-in-wet in fairly large areas, trying to keep the paint loose.
For me, the 'story' was about the reflected sky, stone, and tree colors in the wet sand and shallow water. The finished painting is 16" x 25"