As a way to not be so miserly with laying out paint on my palette I starting using the leftover paint to make little abstract paintings.
After I have completed a painting I scrape of the remainder of the paint a smear it onto a small 5"x7" canvas panel. Some of the paint is dried into a film, I use that as well. Once the panel is covered I look to see if anything emerges then work with that.
I then put them into little inexpensive frames.
Here are a couple of my favourites.
just adding- I'm not expecting any critiquing on these as they are obviously not realism.
War on Waste
What Lies Beneath
They are are very highly textured and completely different to the paintings that the paint was originally used for.
also a way of doubling output!