This is an exercise in monochromatic palettes. I had never worked in just black and white with paint, but I wanted to really SEE my lights and darks, work on my contrast, and visually exercise my instincts. This is a cabin in the Smoky Mountains. I am really not pleased with my choices with the trees and bushes, but fairly happy with the landscape background. I also found that when working with a limited palette, your composition needs to be really strong. This one wasn't so much. I felt that the tin roof of the cabin was an interesting highlight and kept the painting from getting downright morose. I struggle every time I do a landscape...they don't come naturally to me at all. If the place doesn't mean anything to me, it is even harder to get it to work. I must need an emotional attachment to do it justice. Hmm...wonder if that goes for the rest of my painting? Anyway, I did learn to really look for the levels of contrast and highlight, and I believe that tossing out the color brings out a need for stronger composition basics.