I’ve been trying to do some little still life oil paintings to improve my painting chops. I’m a very slow painter and it’s going to be a while before I’m able to do a passable painting in a day, no matter how small. This is a sketch I did of my current still life setup.
It always strikes me how hard it is to make a simple little painting that looks fresh and not labored. It’s very frustrating until it starts to come together and then it’s equally exhilarating. But at the completion of a successful painting, I’m always nervous about starting the next one.
I’m sure that doing a painting every day would go a long way toward making me more confident in my ability to produce reliably convincng work but my problem has always been discipline.