Not wanting to shy away from a challenge, I chose to paint a sprig of herbs growing between rocks in the southeast corner of our yard. The morning painting of the rocks beneath the trees had been challenge enough, but the day was gorgeous and I felt ambitious. The sun was high in the sky providing flat lighting, no dramatic shadow shapes and uninteresting color. I struggled again with rock colors. Trying not to get fussy with the sprig of herbs, I ignored them until the end when the few shadows that had been inspiring had vanished.
Transforming the painting to grayscale illustrates the compressed value range and minimal value shape contrasts.