One of the common mistakes I hear from students is in thinking that you must have a designated area at home, set aside specifically for painting. While this is desirable, it's not essential - what is much more important than setting aside space is setting aside TIME.
I decided to do some still life subjects using a shadow box, and put it on the dining room table, raised up on another box to get an angle that I liked. After playing with the light source, I started drawing. (light, by the way, is so transformative to a subject that it makes the difference between making something worth painting, and not. A perfectly ordinary object can be rendered awesome, by the lighting).
|Note the glass of water - do not get dehydrated.. It's fine to get so absorbed that you forget to eat, but don't forget to drink.|
|Finished tonal study|
|Starting the colour|
|Me and Claire, space sharing|
|You can't beat a nice dry stone wall.|
|The finished painting|
|A colse up to show the slathery bits - this is one of the best things about oil paint, the slathers.|