Most of my time is taken up with painting. I work around a painting in layers, section by section. While one section dries I work on another, then I go back and add more layers, fleshing it out. This is slow, satisfying work. I spend a lot of time thinking about it while I paint, and I take breaks often. I love this slow work that takes a days, weeks, or months to complete. But I also have a real need to finish something in a day for the pat-on-the-back that a sense of completion brings.
This isn't the reason I work in a tiny collaged book that will morph into an art journal. I do it because I love it, and because it provides a home for some very luscious snippets that really shouldn't end up in the dust bin. But working in a tiny book does have the added benefit of quick accomplishment, especially when it's broken up into tasks, such as collage and paint today, embellish and journal on another day.
Here are a couple of 2 page spreads from my tiny collage book. They have a very unfinished look partly because they are unfinished, and partly because they haven't yet been sewn into book form. Working this small, it's much easier for me to collage and embellish the pages, then sew and journal later. If you click HERE, you can see a post that puts the size of these tiny pages into perspective. The pages are 3" X 4-1/2". The book is the one I'm holding in my hand in the first photo when you click the link, and also in the last photo when you scroll down.
I've also been spending a lot of time reading. I'm a big fan of Haruki Murakami, and I'm finding that his book1Q84 is unputdownable. I work more smoothly when I'm in the middle of really good fiction.