Back in the fall, a local town held a Herbst Tour (Herbst = Autumn in German). Many farms and homes were open to show their horses, cattle, artwork, bakery goods, pumpkins, etc. Sweetie and I took the self-driving tour on a glorious fall day this year. We stopped to see Don, a photographer buddy.
Don's home is one I'd love, with a farm pond, a gazebo, and a gorgeous maple tree at the end of his lane. I took a photo of an outbuilding/barn he had that was old and weathered. I think that's a water pump in front.
Anyway, I had this photo lying around since fall and decided it would be a good one to try for my painting-without-drawing challenge. I see now it needs more to really make it look dimensional - the grass and stone under the well look flat. But I guess the challenge is to do this quickly, without pre-drawing, and get as much as I can in one go. I may return to this and pump up the volume a little here and there. The photo really shows a lot of blues, violets, greens and greys in that old barnwood, but I needed to push back the barn wood a bit more with darker values.