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The Red Canoe, Acrylic on Canvas, 8 x 24 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

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.

3683 - Paddling at Dawn #2, Acrylic on Canvas, 8 x 24, Copyright Wendie Donabie

Paddling At Dawn #2, Acrylic on Canvas, 8 x 24 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie The idea came in a flash – the creative process from beginning to end took a couple of days while the painting itself was done in a few hours.

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. 🙂

To view my painting portfolio please visit www.wendiedonabie.com

Black-Eyed Susan #1, Acrylic on Canvas, 6 x 6 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

Black-eyed Susan #1, Acrylic on Canvas, 6 x 6 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie    

Daisy #1, Acrylic on Canvas, 6 x 6 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

Daisy #1, Acrylic on Canvas, 6 x 6 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

Echinacea (Coneflower)#1, Acrylic on Canvas, 6 x 6 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

Echinacea (Coneflower)#1, Acrylic on Canvas, 6 x 6 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

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1 Comment

  1. So true…the gathering of knowledge and that pondering time is so important.

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