The Making of a Portrait

Judy is working on a commission right now, a watercolour of a couple at the Grand Canyon.  Just a nine by twelve, with “not much detail”.  So why does it take so long?

It is easy to look at a painting and think it must have been done in a couple of hours (so why does it cost so much?).  Sure, some paintings go that way, but some take a little more effort.  Think of mowing the lawn versus landscaping your yard.  One is done as fast as possible while you switch on automatic and ponder lemonade and BBQ.  The other takes hours of planning, visualizing colours and shapes and composition, preparing materials and equipment, drafting and reworking.  When ground is finally broken, the job takes awhile.  It has to be done properly, and well.  It must meet the standards you have set for it.  You really don’t want to start all over again.  Blood, sweat and tears went into this job.

That’s why a painting can take forever, regardless of size, detail or subject.  A portrait has to look like the people who are supposed to be in it.  The buyer has to want to purchase it, otherwise who will?  A commission has a greater chance of selling, yes, but it is ten times the work of a general interest painting.  LOL, No!  It does not fetch ten times the cash 🙂


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