"Early Morning Together"
Acrylic on Canvas
16 x 20 x 1.5 inch
I often get this question. "How long does it take?" It sounds like a simple question, but the answer isn't quite so. Each painting I make has it's own life. It's own destiny, often over which I have no control (or at least feel like I don't have control). Sometimes I can whip out a 16 x 20 inch painting in a couple hours having that satisfied "that's it" feeling. Sometimes it takes days and days (or longer if I set it aside to ruminate). This little bird pair, for example, may be vaguely familiar to those of you who saw me start it at the Everett Fresh Paint Show a couple weeks ago. It seemed to come together quite quickly (often my demonstration pieces do), but then it swerved out of control and needed to rest for a few days. The birds actually made their debut as a couple of indistinct red blobs amongst many other red blobs. From there they went back and forth between red, tan, yellow, red again, and in the very end... green. Their tree was full of green foliage. Their sky was blue, white, yellow, grey, and yellow-green again. The coral flowers were many, then few, and then almost rubbed out completely. Their feathers were ruffled. Their plumes blended into the background. The tree limbs were drawn and re-drawn many times. There was writing, and then just grey. I added paint, rubbed it out, added more. Then suddenly the birds just jumped out at me. They were done. A last touch up to the sky to even out the composition and then "that's it". Sometimes that's just how it happens. If you asked me "how long did it take?" it would be hard to say... but let's go with about 10 hours plus years of experience drawing and painting birds.
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