Well I know these gals, and have known them for some time. The reference photo for this is a few years old, because that's how long I've been wanting to paint this picture. Finally finished it this afternoon, just in time for their mama's birthday dinner.
At a patron's suggestion, ahem, I tried another version of this scene, painting not from life or source photography, but rather, the previous painting. Bigger brushes, bigger swaths of paint, and in a rushed fashion. Interestingly enough, each version shows an increase in contrast. I'm not sure why that is. Yet.
This was a commission of sorts. I thought it would be compelling to paint the lighthouse as seen at midnight, but it turned out to be a very dark mass of blue/black, so I painted an early morning light on top of that and it was much more interesting.