Hahaha… God-Rays for Paperclip and Walrus! Is that your secret sign for your secret society (The God-Rays Club ) or what? Anyway, I want in!
I think the parting clouds to reveal a clear blue sky behind is a good idea! It livens up the painting a great deal more! Like walrus said, the cloud under the ship looks like it is holding it in its place. Uh oh, now you gotta make the people’s expressions that of hope and relief instead of the original’s sorrow and uncertainty. Oh, try not to make the building (station) too black… use a lighter tone than black, like dark bluish/purplish colour (A tip for you: make a new layer, choose a suitable bluish colour, set your brush opacity low to about 30 percent, paint over the station with one flat colour, adjust the layer opacity until the building is not too black anymore and not too bright either. That way, I think the station will have a nice sense of depth of being further away in the distance. Merge the new layer to your original layer to finish it) Maybe you can also do the same for the black part of the sky too?
How about putting a sea below the black (stormy?) sky in front of the ‘beach’?
I hope I didn’t confuse you too much!