Or ... It Takes a Long Time to Paint this Fast
Graceful, 30 x 30, Gallery Wrap
2 hour timed study (with a few touch ups)
Later this week I am teaching a workshop -- so, it's time to get ready. Since I often ask participants to do a series of timed studies, I asked myself to do three the other day. Well, it was a fun, if exhausting day! Above is one of the results from my garden cuttings -- 2 hours, plus about 15 minutes. I like the gesture here and the "pose" of the azaleas, ready to droop any minute.
Meanwhile, the viewer may ask: What? Only 2 hours to paint that canvas?? But as I heard the late Ted Goerschner answer that very question: "Well, it took 4 hours and 40 years." His reply sums it up nicely. If we commit to painting, truly painting a lot, sometimes an inspired, fresh result flies from the brush: then it's time to celebrate!
"Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.” - Andre Gide
12 x 12, 45 minutes
16 x 8, 1 hour