I have had a long, frequently interrupted painting career marked by bouts with laziness and lots of bad paintings (my mother thinks they are great!). But, according to the National Council of Painting Authority*, you have to get most of the bad paintings out of your system before you can do any good ones. I think that is good advice.
On a serious note, I have the most experience with watercolor, but I keep experimenting with other mediums. I love sunlit surfaces, reflected light, shadows and contrasts. I also enjoy depicting weathered textures, trees and old structures.
I have won some awards over the years and been accepted into juried shows, but I have mostly neglected this pursuit in favor of raising a family, working a day job and trying to sell paintings.
I definitely like this idea of painting small and painting frequently. It is fun and takes some of the pressure off.
*A taxpayer-funded fictitious organization.