Now, sometimes I get asked how much work i make in a given week/month/whatever. It's really hard to say "I make 10 paintings a week." in all reality i probably FINISH about 50 paintings a week of various sizes. I START about 100.
That is not to say that those other 50 paintings never get finished ... some are finished, but I am just not feeling them ... others i lose the spark for them and/or i'm waiting on certain things to finish them (motivation, materials, innovation, skill, the thought process, etc) ... but more importantly ... they just do not add up to a "successful" piece.
Also, of those 100 paintings I start in a week, never once have I mentioned size.
(a little back history) A long time ago i used to do lots of work and only did large work, while filling multiple sketch books to weed out bad ideas, get thoughts going, etc. Then I started doing them outside of the sketchbook as smaller works (4x6's - 8x10's) and i realized not only am I still "sketching" out my ideas for larger paintings ... but I'm also creating a product that is affordable for the monetarily challenged. And ever since then I still have sketchbooks I fill full of ideas ... but only for the sake of graphic design, web design and illustrations or cartoons. But the paintings/sculptures I "sketch" are all full works, just smaller glimpses of my larger paintings.
Anyways, only 1/10th of the paintings I start in a week exceed the 8"x10" size. As such there is a radical jump in size (4 foot x 5 foot or larger) and i never work on one painting at a time. always in multiples. there is a reason for this, most important being it's a quality control thing. while i may work differently from painting to painting ... the ideas become cohesive as i work side by side with paintings with them always in view.
I think the idea i'm sort of trying to convey is not to focus in on a single piece of art and get bogged down with details or perfectionism ... and just to remember that the most important thing is what you make with your time.
oh well, lost my fire for this post, maybe i'll post more later.