With gusto, “Years, often as many as 15! Some of them have been percolating even longer than that!”
I feel mischievous when I answer this way, because of the puzzled look and pregnant pause that often ensues.
I think it’s not quite the concrete answer that folks are looking for. I think they’re asking how many hours, days, months I am actually dipping brushes in paint and making brushstrokes on paper.
But my answer is the whole truth!
The reality is that I imagine and paint paintings in my head years before I even start to draw them: the design, the colors I imagine–the size of the painting–the style I will use, where I would want to put it in my house after it is finished. ( I’ll write more about this another time.)
It’s so fun to paint in my head!!
Do you know HOW beautiful the paintings are up there . . . in my head???
I soooo long to replicate what I see in my mind’s eye!
I’m constanly striving for that!!
Actually I’m imagining a new series right now–painting them in my head! Can’t wait to start staging objects and people for the photographs I will take as my first step toward concrete results–getting them from my head to the paper!
More about this later! 😉