This is my first serious attempt at oil. My reference was a misty seashore but i tried to keep the color key high and bring in some pale purples. 8"x10" canvas paper. The oil is great in that you can scrub mistakes right off the canvas. I must have scrubbed that dark foreground 10 times before it came close to done. I still see a lot of areas for improvement, but overall its a positive step forward.