There is a movement called Daily Painters, you do one small à la prima painting every day. Pro's;
1) Turn your creative juices on
2) The paintings are small, one pass works, so you can sell them for less than a bigger more time and material intensive work, so for an hour of time, and materials for a 6"x6" canvas you can afford to sell the finished piece for around 100$ and still make a decent profit on the piece.
3) you can be open to experimentation with materials and techniques, as if it didn't work out quite how you were expecting, it's still art and you didn't waste a ton of time and stuff finding out that that trick didn't work
4) they are cheaper to frame, and, while I usually sell unframed, it definitely could be seen as a selling point to someone buying that they are not going to have to spend a fortune to frame a giant canvas. not to mention if it gets in a show I do not have to spend a fortune to frame it. (and there's always gallery wraps)
5) Cheaper shipping than for a big painting
6) something new everyday in the prints section of redbubble can't hurt, and eventually I can list the originals on etsy (once they are dry and varnished and ready to ship)
7) the canvases are inexpensive to buy pre-stretched (much cheaper than hand stretching and no tension issues because they are so small) and come in packs of up to 6-9 canvases.
8) I don't normally work à la prima, I like a little more foundation usually. not sure if this is a pro or a con so I will list it on bothCons;
1) I work in oils so even doing a small painting a day, I still have to wait about a 2-3 weeks before I can retouch varnish it and then like two weeks before I can actually ship it to a buyer
2) I only have enough small canvases to last me about a week and a half right now (although my birthday is coming up and I do have a dick blick wish list with some packs of small canvases on it, (CANVAS MULTI PACK MUSEUM 6X6 6PK
3) I don't normally worry that I will have a problem thinking of something to paint, but I also usually don't come up with a new subject matter every day, I do paint pretty much everyday (some days I paint with watercolors or sketch instead of doing work on whatever is on the easel) so getting it done isn't a concern and I don't feel as though I would run out of stuff for fodder, but it is a concern, I suppose, that should be on the con list, although even as I type this my brain is brimming with stuff to paint.
4) the materials that go into each session of painting, like gloves, mediums, brush cleaner, that will add up if I am not careful with them.
5) issues over where to set them to dry. Laying them out flat is bad cause dust will settle into the paint film while they cure, but I don't think I have the wall space to hang a month's worth of finished curing painting... (normally I hang three or four big pieces to finish curing once they are off the drying easel... I guess if I could put up four shelves that would hold seven each I could have a rotating system for them, like a weeks' worth go from fresh to dry to varnished to ready to ship) I think I can probably figure something out... maybe a four shelved bookcase, with a sheer curtain tacked over the front to keep dust out, but allow for air circulation.
6) I don't normally work à la prima, I like a little more foundation usually. not sure if this is a pro or a con so I will list it on both
So anyway, I think, all in all, I will be trying this... if worse comes to worse I just expand my portfolio from the attempt.
Here is the one I did today that started me going (I did it not with this in mind but we found out tony didn't get that job and I needed a little painting time to get my optimism back So I took out a coffee'd canvas to play with) "Coffee Nut"
and it got me thinking about the movement in general.
à la prima is working in one pass, it means literally "at the first". I intend to use one brush as well, also I am toying with the idea of using an evolving palette, instead of starting with fresh paint every day, adding to an existing set of colors so there is a tonal flow through the pieces.
So here is picture of the one I did today