How Long Did It Take to Paint That?
Many times I’ve been asked, “How long did it take you to paint that?” Wow – such a hard question to answer. But I thought I would tackle it.
My paintings begin with an inspiration. Something grabs my attention that I want to share with others. For hours, days or even weeks, I may research the subject, ponder how to create the painting, stare at a blank canvas, sketch out ideas, select a colour pallette – all of this before brush and paint ever touch paper or canvas.
When I start the actual painting I never know how long it will take to finish. Some develop quickly in a matter of hours while others sit on my easel for several days. The more emotionally connected I am to the subject, the faster the work progresses. And of course, the size of the painting matters! The larger it is, the more time and energy needed.
As I dip my brush into paint . . . make marks . . . watch images emerge and take shape on the canvas or paper, a feeling of calm surrender washes over me. I plan out the next move and mix colours until the just-right shade appear. Stroke after stroke I draw closer to the aha moment when I know it’s done; light, shadow, contrast, colour, and composition coalesce and the painting comes to life.
So, how long did that painting take? In reality, the answer could be, “My whole life.” My strengths, weaknesses, successes, failures – my entire life experience impacts my creative process. Each of us changes and evolves daily. As a result, when I face another blank canvas, I’ll be coming from a brand new place as a person and artist. That next painting will reflect those changes in its subject, quality and probably the length of time I take to paint it. 🙂
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