How long does it take to do a painting. March 17, 2019 22:29

Customers often ask me how long it takes to do a painting. My usual glib answer that gets some strange looks is "Oh, about 60 years".

OK, that may sound a little too flippant and arrogant but it is pretty near the truth.

When I was a practicing graphic designer most projects were rigorously charged by the hour which made costings easy but made little business sense (like the time I designed a drinks coaster for a client for a few pounds before the client decided to use the logo created for his entire branding).

So, how long does it take to create a painting? A few minutes; a few hours; days or years?

The answer is all of the above.

Sometimes the concept for a painting comes in a flash but takes ages to bring to fruition; if it actually makes out of the studio at all. And other times ideas develop for one painting whilst actually working on another.

The truth is I don't log my time spent on paintings because it is not important. I am on a journey of discovery without a map or a time restraint (until I keel over).

I think the reason why collectors like my paintings is that they act as triggers to their own imaginations as much as my imagination triggered the idea for the painting in the first place. 

As fresh as a cow pat in a summer meadow.

See, I have already triggered your imagination to that delightful event. There's a thought to conjure with.

Now where did I leave my brush?