Yes, you are looking at a painting of some camels near a river running through a wide brown land.
This painting is not something I'm all that thrilled with, and apart from liking the camel's eyes and teeth, I hate how they've turned out.
But it's a lesson. I tried something different. I had a go. Despite everything, there's a fair amount of interesting light captured here, and a bit of an intriguing story.
If ever finished (unlikely) this will be called, "But we've always been mates . . .?"
Preliminary drawings are a great help in planning a painting, and is one of the important steps that I skipped this time.
In simple language, I think that this partially loops back to the Oil-A-Day Challenge I set myself. . . the pressure to do something in oils every day and then post it online.
There's nothing wrong with the idea, but it doesn't take into account that posting a preliminary sketch is often very boring for the viewer. It doesn't take into account that some days, filling in the blanks is all that happens with a properly planned painting. It demands a finished product, NOW, no less.
And not just now, but every day for the foreseeable future.
The solution to this problem is easy. The Oil-A-Day Challenge is now under-going a change.
No longer limited to just oils, no longer demanding that finished painting of some sort every single day. The challenge will now be the Daily Creation.
It could be a sketch, it could be a carving, sculpture, water-colour, pastel work, or it could be an oil painting.
But the point is, it won't be limited to any one thing, or any one medium.
I've learned a lot by doing oils for 38 days, but it's time to stretch the wings a little wider . . .