I won't tell you how long this stubborn student resisted their advice.
Lately however I have seen the light!
Remember those quilt pieces all over my studio floor? I had a little time to burn and my s'book handy and I think I now have a plan! You can't read the details but here it is, forever, I'll never forget one creative detail whether I start in 5 days or 5 years. And I know where to find it.
A few thumbnails later I realize the back lit trees will need to be horizontal, not vertical, to accomplish what I want, and I found a few (many) details on the head of the hopper that I might have missed if I had just dived in with the paint. Drawing is seeing, they say in the art world.
And I have learned to agree.