I have come to realize recently I need to do rainy day paintings, even on sunny days.
Paintings that you do along side your commission work, to keep your juices flowing. Not for any reason, galleries, shows, etc., other than the rainy day principle of saving money in the bank. Except this is the bank of creativity!
I find this new discipline gets me marching into my studio in the morning, hair flying, teeth gnashing, raring to go like an old Porsche engine.
This is one I finished today
12"x 10". Oil on linen board.
I allow myself to work in rainy day mode, trying not to feel guilty, for only for a couple of hours and then I move on to the work I am supposed to be doing that I AM very grateful for. I am finding I am all fired up once I hit that portrait I am supposed to be painting. And just like that old Porsche engine, it all runs super smooth. Better in fact than before. I feel I am being more productive actually.
By the way, I really like old Porsches. There is a dinosaur of one sitting in my driveway. Well maintained, (like me?). The seats and carpet are cosy teddy bear brown. Good on a rainy day. Think Snuggle Fabric Softener.