Here's how it's going (so far):
Working on a 12" x 12" gallery wrapped canvas and using soft vine charcoal, I drew the basic shape. A circle. Monet would be so jealous.
Thought I had taken more progress shots, but it went something like this. "Holy Moley, how is this one going to come together?" Then while listening to Enya, I calmed down and began developing darks and lights and then a few sketches of objects (yep, couldn't help seeing them as objects, rather than shapes sometimes.)
The next photo shows it a lot further along in the block in stage.