I was trudging away at my computer but distracted by the poinsettias at the other side of the room. It has been a few days since I sketched and I wanted to get back on track. I painted quickly and did not get the shapes and colors of this gorgeous plant right. Often when I work fast, it results in a relaxed and fluid painting, but not this time. I don’t really like this gouache and pastel sketch but the point of sketching every day is to keep up a steady pace of learning. So, I will count this an hour well spent despite not being pleased with the outcome.