Super-Secret Project: Update No. 1

Super-secret project in production... I have a super-secret art project. Super-secret until I figure out what I'm doing. Or if it's a complete disaster. Here I'm mashing up some charcoal with my palette knife, trying not to inhale.

Super-secret project prep...

 Ok. Obvious hint no. 1: there's charcoal. Obvious hint no. 2: it's on Courtenay Bay (good guess).