I get asked often 'How long did it take to make this' piece of art. It's a difficult question to answer. I like the response of one artist who gave the number of years she had been creating art. Every piece is the culmination of years of working in a medium and style, with the goal of every new piece building on the methods, techniques and mistakes of the one before it.
For me, every piece builds on the experience of the piece before. I get asked if I will 'miss a piece' after it is sold. While I love the creation process and seeing a work go from inception to completion, when they are done my part of the experience has passed and I am ready to move on to the next piece. The lessons have been learned.
One of the artists in the gallery has been working on pieces for almost 45 years, so her most recent painting took her about 45 years to complete. It's just not an hourly rate thing.
Musings by Bruce Carter, Owner/Curator of Tallgrass Art Gallery