are an excellent way to keep one's work fresh. Most professional artists I know give themselves challenges on a regular basis. Goal-setting is a related notion. It keeps us from stagnation or becoming embedded in a comfort zone. On the first night of watercolor class, we were each given a pear and selected a goal out of a hat. My goal was to focus on value only by painting in one color. Others were: painting only with a flat brush; using an analogous color palette; using a power stroke; using both organic and straight line; and using a huge wash brush for the entire painting.
"Bartlett Pear" is the result. I used only a brown mix that was in the mixing well during class. The yellow-green was added at home.