The first question people often ask when they view a painting of mine is: ‘How long did that take you?’ The answer varies from painting to painting depending on the subject and size of the canvas. I spend the most time on portraits. Here are the stages of a recent portrait of my daughter Amélie, with an approximate time spent on each stage.
3 hours photographing, preparing the canvas and drawing. I square up the canvas and draw when using photos for a portrait.
2 hours blocking in the basic shapes and colours of the face.
So for this painting it took approx 30 hours. That is probably the most time I’ve spent on a painting. I would guess on average it is closer to 10 hours and the plein air paintings anything between 2-6 hours.
I hope that is an interesting insight into the time spent creating a painting.
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