Someone in our art discussion group told us that she had to take art classes in order to make art...because her house was completely taken over by her family. There was no dedicated place in her home for her work. She would work on occasion at the dining room table...but she would have to pick it all up when it was time for dinner.
Everyone who has a deep interest in making visual art should have a place to do it and, even better, a "portable" drawing or painting gear for use wherever they want. Today I set up my pochade box next to the planar face cast that I've got hung up in the front room. I had to work quickly to paint him..because the light changed fast at the end of the day. My aim was to try to get him down in 4 values (it didn't matter to me what colors). I know this may look like a boring exercise to some..but I found the challenge quite engaging. I recommend painting from a cast! I hope to get a few more in the future..possibly some hands.
I like to work in both my basement studio and also wherever in the house I want (with my "mobile" painting set up). Where do you work? Do you ever give yourself challenges...just like you may have if you were in an academic setting?