|Collage and acrylic paint on panel (unfinished). 42" x 72"|
I’ve been thinking a lot about productivity.
I’ve been to local galleries, art fairs and art museums recently and have seen successful artists who work quickly and sell healthily. I scold myself for only producing 15-20 paintings a year. I like what I do, but it takes a long time.
So, a few days ago, I’m at my worktable gluing old posters to my panel (see photo) when it hits me: I’m spending a lot of time on the layers which eventually get obscured. Making a living is hard. If I cut my process time I would produce more. Couldn’t I just gesso the panel and get straight to the final image? Or perhaps get an assistant to do the under-layers while I paint the final layer? I have been having this argument with myself for a while.
In defense of my process:
- · Each layer is considered and informs the next layer.
- Each layer feels like a piece of art in its own right.
- I have a lot of fun building the layers. I feel like I am “growing” the painting.
- The viewer gets little hints, but only I know what lies underneath and what has helped me to get to the final painting.
- I LOVE my process.
The productivity/income formula is still not right but I guess I’ll be sticking with it for now.... and perhaps buying some lottery tickets.
Thanks for reading.