After yesterday's decision to do a detailed value sketch for all paintings I promptly completely ignored it and went straight in with some paint. In my defense I had spent a while doing some practice value swatches. This was a game of 'guess the value from the paint on the palette' which I did pretty well at. Further in my defense this was only meant to be a quick doodle while I contemplated what to do as a 'proper' painting.
Despite the terrible (for me) cheap paper this came out quite well. For once I didn't rush it and blunder around like a bull with a paintbrush. I concentrated on keeping the grays colorful and not muddy and this helped a lot.
I think I may be on a path out of this painting desert. I certainly hope so.