Sometimes we all have to accept that there just isn’t enough time in a day or even a week to do everything we might want to do. Especially when you’re already having to fit what you might want to do around your many other responsibilities! That’s pretty much how I felt this past week when my time for painting was seriously curtailed and, when I did manage to get my brushes out, the pressure of trying to make the most of my hour or so was almost overwhelming! Here’s how I got on: After applying the first wash over a very basic pencil outline, I’d written this one off as a disaster. I’d applied to paint far too wet, with the result that the pale green for the trees on the right-hand side leached right across all of the background buildings. In my haste, I’d also painted over some areas that I’d intended to reserve for later. At this point, I had to leave my painting, which was probably a good thing. When I returned to it much later on, I decided to continue with it purely as a means of practising some brushwork and having a bit of a play about with it. Once I began throwing caution to the wind a little more, I began to enjoy myself a little more. While there’s a lot about this painting that I’d rather not have to look at, I am pleased with the description of the left-hand building, the overhang of the balcony and the lanterns and sunblinds beneath. Considering how disappointed I’d been earlier on, this felt like a much better outcome than I could have anticipated. Sadly over the next few weeks, I fear my time at the easel may also be severely restricted so I’m going to have to think carefully about what I can do in the time available! Rather than part on such despondent terms, however, here’s something much more upbeat.