One of my "YouTube heroes" advises lots of simple paintings to warm up each day. Whilst that's a little excessive imho, I do agree that you need to keep your eye and hand in, and a little practice never goes amiss!
So, I've been having another blitz at painting pears. You'd think it would get a bit boring painting the same old things, but it doesn't - it's great fun. I try not to spend more than 10 minutes on each painting so that I keep it loose, and I only use a biggish brush.
If you'd like to have a go yourself, then don't forget there's a how-to on the blog here.
I am preparing to get out a canvas and do something a bit bigger - perhaps another portrait or a still life.