I usually follow a strict routine when painting. Rules like "work the whole thing" "dark to light" and "big shapes first" are very important to my process. But this morning I had a bit of a problem concentrating. I noodled too long on parts, swished around lots of paint that got wiped off later and generally didn't follow any of my good rules. I sort of lost hope in the middle and got back on track towards the end. This painting is the result. One positive aspect of "losing hope" for me anyway, is I'm more inclined to experiment and that's always a plus.