There’s a fragment of a quote my dad put up in our shared studio: “the persistent slowness of the painter’s eye”. I googled it earlier and found that it was first used by Robert Hughes in an article on Lucien Freud back in the 1980’s.
I’m often reminded of this quote as I work on a painting. Most of my working day seems to consist of not painting. A time lapse film of my working practice would see me perhaps adding paint to canvas for only 30 or 40 minutes per day.
Far more time is spent looking at the painting, mixing colours, staring out of the window and listening to music. Add blogging, marketing, wrapping and posting sold paintings and it’s a wonder that any paintings are ever completed.
But perhaps that’s how it should be.