Painted on a grey sheet of Clairefontaine Pastelmat, I roughly and lightly sketched in the composition with charcoal, then put down the lightest tone of the bleached white end of the building, then a suggestion of the sky tones.
Next, I established the backdrop of trees on the skyline and further developed the sky colours and tones. It's never good policy to paint certain sections on there own to any degree of finish without adjacent tones. If you do and are not extremely fortunate, the colours and tones will almost certainly be off, because it's very difficult to see whether those tones are right in isolation. Any colour or tone put next to another will influence it and alter how it looked before.
I also dropped in a few of the houses on and above the harbour, continuing with the white fronts of the buildings to give me the lightest light to compare with the subsequent tones.
Next I continued with the skyline of houses and more or less finished the sky, using a lot of rubbing with the fingers to soften the marks and give the clouds that lovely softness and add spacial depth. Note how much darker the light cloud is than the white house fronts. Without those lit fronts, it would have been easy to have made the cloud much lighter, using Titanium White instead of Yellow Ochre and some warmer pinky-greys.
Continuing with the bottom half, I refined the buildings a little more and spotted in the hulls of the fishing boats - see how that gorgeous red boat immediately sings out from the grey ground!
Here all the vessels are given more definition and detail in preparation for the water they're sitting on.
Now, on the final leg, I had fun with the water itself - easily the most enjoyable part of the painting, partly because it knits everything together and it's the quickest passage of the whole piece! I realised I'd made an error in the drawing by placing the bottom of the harbour wall on the left below the blue boathouse too low, so I rubbed out the little boats and adjusted everything accordingly. Voila, and finito: 'Dawn Light, Mevagissey', Pastel 19 x 27 inches