Tried a couple of new things with this painting; day 18 of Leslie Saeta's 30 Day Challenge. First; I used a panel that I had toned with black first. Actually, it was Payne's Grey which is a very bluish black. I have never worked on a black ground before, and I wanted to see whether it would affect my ability to see color.
Second, I did a thumbnail sketch to really get the composition; something I rarely do although it has often been advised by various instructors that I've had.
Third, I did my best sketch on the black panel with a white pencil before picking up any paint.
This was so unlike how I usually work (directly with paint, no drawing at all) that it put me way outside my comfort zone. But, hey, the challenge is more than 1/2 way done; why not experiment a little.
The painting came together in the most unexpected way!