I've been doing a sketch type thing a day recently. A lot of people have started doing it and I think many of them were inspired by the sketchbooks of Jennifer Orkin Lewis, or August Wren, which are filled with incredible thirty minute paintings. You can follow her on Instagram (augustwren) as she posts daily.
It's actually a very good practice, enabling the sketcher/painter to create without inhibitions (or even discipline) and really experiment. Then the experiments fuel the 'real' work.
This is how I came up with my gold floral above. It was a spin off of some watercolour florals I did, using masking fluid and ink, and curiosity led me to quickly try the technique with gold acrylic, gold being a big trend this season.
This one experiment inspired me to go to the one and only local art shop this morning and go mad buying everything gold and some new canvases. I'm looking forward to doing some very shiny paintings soon!!