People often ask me how long it takes to paint something. My mentor, Mary Tudor, always answered that question by how many years old she was at the time. “All art is autobiographical,” she would say.
There is truth to that for sure. As with any artist, what you create at the time is not only what you are experiencing in the moment, but is also an expression of an accumulation of life experiences. The way I see the time factor is that the art takes as long as it takes. Sometimes it pours out of me, sometimes it’s a struggle to get it just right. What really matters is not how long it takes, but rather knowing when to stop . . . to ‘get’ that it is done and put the brush down.
Knowing when to stop comes with practice. The validation of that sense of completion comes when I look at the painting the next day and a feel satisfied with what I am looking at. Then I know it’s time to put up the next blank canvas and get going!
Are you located in Seattle? Lucky you. My art mentor and good friend, Mary Tudor, has been a long-time resident of Georgetown and has a huge studio on the 2nd floor of the Original Rainier Brewery, located at 5628 Airport Way South, Seattle. She is a brilliant artist, has a long list of collectors, and was born to teach. My thanks to Mary for giving me the courage to pick up the brush and start painting.
If you’ve ever had the slightest inclination to explore the world of painting, or if you’re an experienced artist looking to expand your talents, I can’t recommend anyone better than Mary Tudor to take you where you need to go next with your work. It doesn’t matter WHAT type of painting you do. The basics and fundamentals are the same for any painting to be successful, no matter what the style. Mary has a following of students that return again and again and why? Because they continue to expand their skills and delight in the warm and vibrant atmosphere that Mary provides in her classes.
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