I had a wonderful art teacher in High school named Fred Pilkington. He emphasized consistency in making art. “One hour a days beats 7 hours in one day”. This was inspirational and foundational for my life in art. It has become a satisfying work pattern. . It gives me the patience to remember that tomorrow is another day and perhaps I’ll find the solution. Or,I can just turn the painting around letting it rest until it has something to say to me. I have come to “ listen” to the painting. What does it want? Another habit I have is to keep all the other pieces I am working on, turned around, so they are not visible when I am working . The only thing I need to focus on is the painting on the easel. One more habit, do the fun creative work first, and do the business later.