I had to paint something other than hats, especially a black hat painted in shades of gray. So I went in the opposite direction and painted a rainbow of colors. But all is not what it seems. Today was a challenge. I began painting from life, as usual, but couldn't get the proportions or the values right. So, I took a photo and used it as a reference. I wish I could leave my conscious mind outside the door to my studio, then on days like today I'd be ok.