(A quick note: I'm moving the Photoshop Tips series to it's own blog at photoshop4artists.blogspot.com; over time I'll rerun all previous tips, and add some new ones. Thanks to followers of those tips and anyone who has new questions for me).
Bad shoulder and all, I have been trying to get a few hours of painting in each day. I moved my palette down a few inches, and the bar on my easel too, so physically, I'm painting from a lower vantage point. I got through the day without screaming, so that's a good start, right?
Here's a recent effort, and yet another attempt to be looser (you masters of elegant brushwork out there: you do know I envy you!). Also an attempt to master my fear of glass (a current goal). It's about 5" tall, and a detail from a 14" square still life with 6 objects in it that I hope to finish this week.
Of course, you know me all too well, I did smooth it out after this.
Another thing I'm trying; I've been mixing paint with my non-painting hand (surprisingly tricky!)-- this save a lot of pressure on the shoulder.
I'm also relying a lot more on my "paint misers": a small tupperware type container with a strip of wax paper that holds extra pre-mixed paint at the end of the day. (I use the kind that lunchmeat comes in at the grocery store.)
Secure the lid and store in the freezer; next day the paint is fresh and ready to use (in a humid climate you could probably leave it out, but Colorado is fairly dry and the paint will dry overnight even if in a plastic container).
In addition to saving money on paint that would otherwise get thrown away (and at $20 and up per tube for some of my favorites, who can afford that?), a lot of mixing time is saved and I can get right to work the next day.