I've mentioned it before, but I play around so much with my setups and other things for larger paintings that on many nights I don't end up doing much painting at all. I know people say "just paint" but I've come to realize that its just not in my nature to do so unless I have an "ah-hah!" feeling about the composition that makes me really want to paint it.
So, to improve my skills, I've set up a second very simple shadow box in another part of my basement studio for small, one-day alla prima painting sketches of simple subjects, sort of how Abbey Ryan goes about it. http://ryanstudio.blogspot.com/
I hope to do at least 4 per week - in addition to working on a larger DMP painting - so I'll post some of the resulting paintings here, for better of for worse. Tonight I'll post a picture of the setup - I'm using a tracing light box for lighting from the left side.