I have done over one hundred paintings as a daily painter and I encounter the same problem every time: trying to complete a painting in two hours or so. I am working on solving this problem, and I think it is mostly due to picking complex subject matter. Today I selected this succulent plant in a tin that was a favor from a wedding. It is simple, visually exciting because of the reflection of the metal tin, and I put up a simple yellow backdrop. I paint with a brush first and then complete the smaller areas with a palette knife. Because I have finished in two hours, I still have studio time left to work on other projects.