In my attempt to improve my painting skills, I discovered that I was washing quite a bit of paint down the drain after a session of making a mess on a piece of canvas. I decided to start using the left-over paint on canvas swatches—4x4—and I've discovered I usually like the scrap bits better than the original piece I set out to create to begin with.
After painting something that left me with pinks, white, and oranges, this is what the throw-away paint gave me:
After a pathetic attempt to paint the head of a tabby cat on a bright green background, here is what I was able to make before washing out the brushes and wiping the pallet clean:
and after a simple landscape, one I actually liked in the end, here is what the left-over paint gave me:
Here's to not wasting paint, which isn't cheap, by the way. And here's to learning to paint something other than cypress trees.