1. Make brushes so I wouldn't have to do the tedious part over and over again.
2. Do focused, 5- or 10-minute exercises, and think of them as "drills" as opposed to "show time" in real paintings.
3. Realism has more to do with accuracy of shapes and values than texture.
10, 10, 5, 5 minute exercises using a 100% opacity brush, with intent of learning about color.
Random doodles in class, because... uhhh what's a focus?