One of the things I've learned, is that my phone takes terrible pictures. That turns out to be okay though, since at best, I use the photos as jumping off points for paintings. So, to the left is a pic I snapped one evening while waiting for golfers.
Then, a week or two went by, and all I remember is that the line of trees looked lit up against the darker tree line, and that there was a golf flag. I planned my painting around the idea of trees versus dash of red flag, and did a couple of thumbnail sketches to see what I though about different value plans. The sketches are only about 1.5x1.5 inches. You can see them to the right.
I like the bottom value sketch better, but ended up loosing the top light portion when I did the painting. It's interesting--I'm not a big fan of golf, but this course is beautiful. It's hard not to feel at peace as the light comes by. You can see the final product at the top.