This is the second painting of the Stems event that I began with a dark primed panel, as in one I would normally use for nocturnes. In such a dark scene, I think it may easier to simply work towards the light. In the case of this painting, I had the grandsons with me - and I was VERY distracted with the whole "boys being boys" thing! By the time Michaela finished her painting and took the boys to play by the train garden, I was nearing completion. It took me twice as long to finish this painting as it should have. To get the boys used to this whole "plein air" thing, we are now scheduling family plein air days. This painting is the 1254th in 1254 days.