The typical 8x10 is too small for this scene. Today, I was only able to get familiar with the colour range. I also get more time to play, because of the foreground trees...some of which are about to bloom a nice pink. When the sun hits, the blooms sparkle and are tipped with hot yellow orange. Today I used a #18 synthetic soft bristle Filberte (I prefer blended sable brights) and a # 6 bright for the smaller calligraphy detail.