When I realized what I was doing, I switched gears and started a painting that was much simpler with totally different colors. Sunsets are pretty easy, dramatic and it's easy to concentrate on shapes rather than details.
I still started off on the wrong foot, grabbing a warm red (vermillion) when I meant to go for a cool (Quinacridone Rose). That really told me I was off my game. My colors got a little muddy (that happens when you mix warm and cool colors).
Still, it's loose and impressionistic and half-way recognizable as being from the reference photo. I used a lot of water, and the scan didn't pick up the color well in some areas. The painting looks better in real life than it does here.