Time And Painting?

I have spent so much time on this last painting. It is a portrait and I haven’t done a portrait in a long time.  A likeness took ages to appear. I redid the image 4 times, the last two I used sandpaper and I re-gessoed the face area. Most of the time the image starts to jump off the painting surface but with a portrait this doesn’t happen for me; instead it’s the likeness that tells me I’m near the finish.

As I read this again it sounds like I might be complaining. I’m not. It’s the process of painting that I enjoy. Once it’s finished, I rarely think about it again. Paintings go into the attic. This annoys my wife, not because of the painting but because we are running out of room in our attic. Our attic is cluttered with much more than my paintings.

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