Every couple of months, I have an off week in my studio. Each step forward feels like two steps backward. The brushstrokes and compositions appear wrong, eventually adding up to a bad painting without a chance for recovery. This past week was an off week. I knew I should've left the studio and focused on something else. Laundry, washing the dishes, organizing my closet, something other than painting. I pushed myself too far and needed to paint over a few pieces. At that point, I put the brush down and left my studio for three days. Major disaster avoided.