The Calm And The Turbulence ..11" x 14" o/p
Usually, after laying in the composition of the painting, I continue with laying in the dark washes of the shadow sides of the main objects, establishing their values, then the lighter side.
The bottom or foreground in this case, was established thirdly.
I think that this method or 'order', ( sounds like a rule to break) allows me to continue working with the subject of the painting, bringing it to a more finished look or at least gives a good hint as to how it may look when closer to finish.
I feel that this is an important stage of the painting because the finished or near finished 'look' of the main objects and foreground at this point will influence or help determine how I will handle the sky.
In the majority of my paintings , I employ this method.
It just seems to me to make more sense to have the main objects or subject determine the sky effect than to have the opposite, the limitations of the prepainted sky influencing the rest of the painting.
From here on it is simply a question of adjusting values and perhaps bringing some of the sky colour/colours into the rest of the near completed painting. ..Just my humble opinion !