For the first several months of this project I worked like this...wake, decide what to paint, paint, finish, and post. It's a very simple way to work and it went pretty well for me. Every once in awhile I'd decide what I was painting the night before. Once when I knew I would be traveling, I painted my Fursday painting in advance. But other than that, everything was done on the day and within a few hours.
Now that summer is in full swing, that's a very difficult routine to keep. And I don't think it's serving me as well. I'd like to work on several paintings in various stages of completion. I've been trying but I think that's another skill to learn...how to juggle.
I think it will improve the quality of my work. It will give me time to think in between layers and stages. I won't feel the need to just post a piece because it's time, instead I can continue to work on it until I feel it's ready.
I'm getting better at having 2-3 paintings going at one time but not so good at getting one finished each day. Today was a really bad, bad painting day. I painted for about 6 hours and completely scrapped two of the paintings (not pictured) that I spent most of my time on. It's frustrating and that's another skill to learn. When I'm frustrated and things aren't going well, sometimes the answer is to power through and other times the answer is to take a break. I think today I chose the wrong one. I should have stopped and got away for awhile. I wasted a lot of time but more importantly I let myself get too frustrated. My time would have been better spent elsewhere, anywhere else!
Overall I'm finding my style and learning a lot but there's always more to learn about the process.