Stonehedge Antiques. 8"x6", oil on linen. 2013
The fact is that some paintings don't go as well as others. It was raining in Hillsboro, the light was dim, and I had spent an hour and a half painting a scene that looked like a brown mess.
In frustration, I scraped the canvas, turned 90 degrees to the right and painted this view of a stone barn. With pre-mixed black and white paint in 5 piles, each with a different value, I was able to complete the value study in 10 or 15 minutes.
I don't think there was much to be gained from spending any longer on the painting - at this point I had said all I needed to say, so I packed up my gear and headed home. I took some photos of the scene at the same time and I will try the same painting in color over the winter.