Art at the Speed of Life

One of the questions I get asked most is, ‘How long does it take you to paint a portrait’? I really had no idea. All of my work is done is small increments of time, as I squeeze my art life around my family life. A layer here, a load of laundry there, some paint, pick up kids, you get the idea. I’m sure most of you can relate. So today I thought it would be fun to do a 9×12 portrait, and record the whole process. Everytime I could get to the studio for a few minutes, I taped while I worked. In the end it took 1 hour and 11 minutes. I then made a little video in fast forward mode to share the process from start to finish.

Here is the video, enjoy!

This was done on a 9×12 hot press watercolor block using Golden Fluid Acrylics, ephemera, charcoal, water soluble crayon and graphite.

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15 responses

  1. Just wanted to say thank you so much for the video. I have been toying with the idea of trying portraits in my journal for sometime but will dive in now and try it out. The video helps tremendously. It's always exciting to watch how people go about their art and not just to see the final product!

  2. Thank you for your comments on my blog!I saw your article in the latest Somerset Studio magazine, what a lovely project you shared, thank you!

  3. I have a general idea, you can't see the writing too well in the video, but I generally write my inspiration on the background in pencil. It gets mostly covered up in the process, but I sometimes go over part of it again towards the end so it can be seen. I don't plan everything though. I really like to be free in the process and see where it takes me. Art journaling has helped me tremendously to get to this point. I used to map it all out.

  4. Really great to see you work through the piece. Do you have a good idea of what you are going to do before you start, or does it evolve?Thanks for sharing your talent & beautiful work.

  5. oh that was just great pam! how fun to see you start and finish a piece of work. can't wait to take your upcoming class! it's been such an honor to get to know you through your work!

  6. Wow that was awesome!! I can't believe you did most of that painting with that brush…I love watching you work Pam…it's not only informative, but relaxing..thanks for sharing your awesome work!!!(((hugs)))

  7. cool piece & enjoyed your WIP video. Just curious do your pieces tend to flow so smoothly for you? For me, some can take me days while others just can't wait to be "born" & almost draw themselves

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