So now I am blocking in the painting with this layers of oil. I begin running into a problem as I moved the lighting in the composition. This, of course changes how the light would fall on the figures. I play with the idea of fudging it but decide that I just need to reshoot the figures in the studio.
For the wave reference I have a pile of images collected from the web, great painters like J.M.W. Turner, and even screen shots from movies like Master and Commander.