How much time does it take to complete a painting?
For me, it takes 4-6 months from start to finish (elapsed time) to complete an oil painting. This is mostly because I paint in layers. Each painting has five to ten layers of paint, and each layer takes a week or so to dry.
Plus I need extra time at the end to reflect on the (almost) finished work and make any last improvements. Sometimes what seems like a minor improvement will make me soooo much happier with the end result.
The actual working time on any one painting is typically 60 – 120 hours. And sometimes more. It varies greatly by subject matter, size, and style. It also varies by how much I’m stretching myself into new territory; the more experimental, the longer it takes.
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