I was ready to just paint. This also allowed me freedom to change since I had an idea of the direction it would take.
Go figure! all this prep actually made a difference in my approach. I can see the color study being a small painting... once I give it a bit more attention to detail. Not sure that I want to put that much thought into it right now. I expect that it will develop in that direction on its own.
I have done this for 2 out of the 3 of my latest paintings. With the painting that I did not use this tool, I felt as if I was painting in the dark. Not comfortable at all. The short time it took me to make the color study was worth it in the long run.