Here are some aspects that tie in with time and are part of how long it takes to make a 'work of art':
- years of growing up - finding out who you are
- growing in wisdom and sensitivity (hey, life has a way of giving us opportunity for those things) - that can sure lend maturity to one's artwork
- growing in painting skills over the years
- time involved in the inception of an idea to paint
- time taken to travel to and explore a place where subject matter is found
- time mulling the idea over before it's even begins to be visually expressed
- time spent possibly sketching out an idea before ever putting it to canvas
- time spent when taking a break from a painting to reconsider or ponder parts of the painting
- unplanned interruptions or responsibilities in life that take the artist away from the work for a season
- sometimes purposely putting the painting on hold because it's not flowing and a break from the work is necessary - to maintain or restore 'sanity', find the creative flow again, restore the joy of painting!
- physical handicaps or ailments
- needing to get that 'feel' in a painting
|"Have A Chair" acrylic on canvas 40"x30"
©Nancy Teague 2011
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Well, for me my newest painting, "Have A Chair", completed in August 2011 wins the prize for taking the longest time. I began this painting in February 2010. Yikes! - that's one and a half years! However, please know that all the aspects listed above are part of this painting.
Hey, I wonder if that breaks a record in longest time to complete a painting?!
Well, there's more to the story of these chairs - additional posts coming. In the meantime, may you find a comfortable chair and enjoy some light.