Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Day 3, How Long Did it Take You to Paint This?

January 3rd, 30 Paintings in 30 Days hosted by Leslie Saeta.

Day 3: 5 hours, Monthly Total: 10.5 hours

"How long did it take for you to paint this?" 
It's a question most artists dread. Maybe because it implies that artists should charge by the hour. Maybe it implies the question, "It took you THAT long to just do that little ole thing?" Maybe it's because we honestly can't remember how long a painting takes. We don't normally time our art.

This month I'm timing my art. I'm not concerning myself with how much I produce but by the amount of time I spend painting. I'm just enjoying myself.

I look at my painting after working on it for 5 hours today
 and think, I sure paint slow!  

It's okay. I'm getting some much needed work done and I'm happy with my results, except for the two large pink flowers. (I'll get back to them later.) For now, I'm enjoying basking in the detail of the painting. There's so much going on - even in the dark shadows. Some of the flowers I have no idea how to paint, but I just take it slow and pay attention to the lights and darks. If I just do that, my painting usually will emerge.

Work In Progress


  1. I can't even imagine tackling something this detailed. :) Slow?? I don't think so!

    1. Thanks Sheila. Sometimes I think a painting should be done in three days...

  2. I agree with Sheila. Can't wait to see the finished painting.

  3. Looks like you paint at a brisk pace. That's a lot of detail and it really grabbed my attention today. :-)

    1. Thanks Sandy. I have been following you for two maybe three years and have enjoyed watching your evolution over the years. Good works.