Along with the new year goal to get into the studio everyday, I also decided to do small painting exercises. These are roughly 6 x 6 squares on 300 lb paper and I use graphite, white gesso and a limited palette of watercolors. My subject matter for each must include a boat and a wave. The intention is to work quickly on 4 - 6 squares per session just to loosen up, warm up and have fun. This is play time and a stack of paintings is building.