This painting is the first in a series where I am painting in a more direct style with more contemporary subject matter and treatment. I still start out by freehand drawing directly onto my surface.
I find it useful to rough in my background to properly assess my values and color. A relevant example will be how a yellow painted beside a white background will look different if painted beside a black background.
Important not to overwork too much in the first pass, much like indirect painting, but still good to look at completed passages and make adjustments as you go along. Paint will always 'dry back' after a day or so.
Already noting at this stage after I lay in the black near the bottom that I'll need to darken my blues at the bottom of the fish. I constantly make mental notes of things that I will want to adjust. It can be a tough decision if you want to adjust right away or to leave for your final detail/adjustment pass.