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Plein Air Redux

I spent most of the day cleaning the studio, framing two mono-prints and it was 3:00 PM before I picked up a brush. In the course of organizing and moving stuff around I looked at this plein air that I had done in the fall...I wasn't really satisfied with it. There was very little value contrast, and it was unclear where the focal point was, if there was one. I went back to the reference photos and decided that I would darken the painting and focus on the new roof on this seeming abandoned (???) house. It is one of many studies I did in Hardman, a semi-ghost town about 2 hours east of here.
I also included a rather modern gate that was there, but I had chosen not to paint originally.

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