Since I always do this, it apparently is part of my technique.
So, unable to distract myself further, I set up my painting either on an easel or a table, get the paints ready, and finally pick up the brush again. This time I began with a small brush and painted in the water, then I moved some of that color into the sky and the foliage. The next step was to take a dabbing brush and add some blue to the foliage closest to the water to begin to make it look further away.
Next, using a flat tipped brush, I worked some purples and blues into the sand for shadows, also touching the sky with the same colors here and there. I added some white to the sand/path where the sun would be touching it.