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Old 02-22-2020, 10:25 AM
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Re: How long do you take on a painting?

On a large painting, say 20x28, would take anywhere from 10-20 hours. Depending on complexity of subject. And most times i just "abandon the painting", i don't think they are ever really really finished... but I just have to stop at some decent point.
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Re: How long do you take on a painting?

How long is a piece of string? my best works usually take 20 30 hours...but I have been known to complete one in 5 or 6 hours...depends on size and subject...landscapes quickish, animals or people slow.
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Re: How long do you take on a painting?

I'm working on 39 pastel portraits and usually do 5 at a time. I average about 10 hours each.
Freely painting with acrylics sometimes results in a painting in an hour or so, and I love it. but not with portraits for someone else, not yet anyway.
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Re: How long do you take on a painting?

Wow, 39 portraits to do, and 5 at a time! Sounds like you are very busy. Care to share some images? I'd love to see some of your work.
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Re: How long do you take on a painting?

I'm a retired wanna be artist.
Here's a watercolor I did. The children are pastels.


And some of the children





Last summer I saw a photo of an 4 year old orphan who had just been given a teddy bear. His face was so joyfilled I sat down and did a pastel portrait sketch of him. My work is more sketchy and less finished. I sent the photo to him and now I'm doing portraits of all the children, (that wanted one), who are aging out of the orphanage.
There are 200 children and I'd like to do all of them.
btw, my sister tells me Leonardo DiVinci used to work on multiple paintings.
With hindsight it would have been more efficient to group similar skin toned people together in my groups of 5.
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Re: How long do you take on a painting?

Depends on the size and whether I'm painting plein air or want a more detailed, finished piece. 5 x 7 ish little paintings take me about an hour, maybe a little longer if I get fussy. 10 x 13's can be blocked in and mostly finished in about 6 hours, then work on the fine tuning over the next couple of days. Bigger ones? Well, I'm not even sure. When I get tired or working on it I put it aside for a while. A few days, weeks, whatever until I pull it back out to keep working on it.
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Re: How long do you take on a painting?

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I'm a retired wanna be artist.
Here's a watercolor I did. The children are pastels.


And some of the children





Last summer I saw a photo of an 4 year old orphan who had just been given a teddy bear. His face was so joyfilled I sat down and did a pastel portrait sketch of him. My work is more sketchy and less finished. I sent the photo to him and now I'm doing portraits of all the children, (that wanted one), who are aging out of the orphanage.
There are 200 children and I'd like to do all of them.
btw, my sister tells me Leonardo DiVinci used to work on multiple paintings.
With hindsight it would have been more efficient to group similar skin toned people together in my groups of 5.


Wow, I'm impressed! Portraiture has always fascinated me. I've tried it several times with mixed results, and decided it really isn't my thing. It seems you have to be very careful and precise in order to get the thing right, and I'm not that kind of artist. Then the way some people can capture the essence of a person, that's a real gift. You really seem to have a handle on that, and to do it so quickly amazes me. Nice work!
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Re: How long do you take on a painting?

Thank you Richard. I've always had a knack for getting a likeness. It amazes me how doing more portraits improves my ability.
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