The most important thing in a daily painting practice is to go into each day without
planning to paint a masterpiece.
In fact the less pressure you put upon yourself to be perfect the more fun and
more creative you can be. My first year of painting I used a sketchbook with very
cheap paper. It took away the preciousness of the whole thing. Its become a
habit now so I have upgraded my sketchbooks,
but I actually enjoy painting on computer paper or construction paper.
My painting above was a big, tangled mess of stems and leaves that had no focus.
I still had time in my 30 minutes so I painted over that part in black and used
my gold gelpen to editorialize my feelings. It felt good, almost like a big deep breath.