A common question from an art viewer is “How long did it take you to paint that?” The answer can be hard to calculate. I think house painters say their job is 90% preparation and 10% execution. I tried to get up that ratio with my newest painting because it was a new direction and I wanted to give myself every advantage to get it right and enjoy doing it. Here is a breakdown of the hours to make this picture:
For some things, countable minutes are minimal yet need to happen over an extended period. As my friend fellow artist Anne Perkins Wert said to me once, “the looking is the doing, too.” I looked and thought a lot, especially on the background color. I did a lot of planning for this painting so that I could avoid freezing in front of the canvas mid-process when faced with indecision or error. It worked well. I painted quickly and happily. What? Planning helped? No kidding, Amanda.
Later is what?
After settling into various desk jobs, I always said I'd get back to painting later in life, and later is now. Again means that I tried once before. I decided to write about my painting endeavor, too, as a learning tool, an accountability tool, and to stay sharp in case I have to go back to a desk job. Again.
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