Frequently I say on my workshops and courses, how important it is sometimes to take the pressure off when you are painting. Quite often, we are working towards deadlines, be it for galleries, exhibitions or simply the desire to produce a painting good enough to frame for our own walls. Sometimes, along with this aim to try and produce a masterpiece, can come a feeling of frustration and disillusionment.
Taking a small piece of paper and simply painting for the fun of it, can sometimes result in the freshest and most spontaneous of paintings and it's a great exercise to do in between painting larger pieces. Often you can have ideas that can then translate into larger works and the process can refresh your palette in so many ways!