Perhaps, nicely put, we could say this piece is “in progress.” I thought I should check the values before continuing. This painting is actually in color, but I changed the photo into a greyscale image so I could eliminate the distraction of color while I work on the piece. I can already see where changes need to be made on just about every imaginable level.
As a teacher, I can say that looking at one’s work like this (looking at it in greyscale) is very helpful. As a person with a trained eye, I don’t like that this is where my painting landed at the end of today. On a more positive note, though, this is how we learn: engage, step back, re-consider, adjust, plan, and continue on tomorrow.