Recent Work: April 2018

I had a conversation with a friend who was visiting Seattle last week and we talked about how long it takes to do a small painting. I guessed I would spend 2 or 3 hours on a typical 5x7, while my friend told me that she regularly sets a time limit of 1 hour on her small works.

Honestly, I was amazed that she could be so productive. This week I decided to give it a try for myself.

Each of these small paintings was done in about 1 hour, except that I did a notan sketch and block in for each the day before painting them. I didn't include that in the 1 hour, but it probably amounted to an extra 15-20 minutes in each case.

Here's a selection of the work. In total I did 11 paintings over the course of four days.

an oil painting of pines trees against a purple foreground by artist Simon Bland

Pines in Purple. 5x7, oil on linen panel. 2018

a painting of clouds at sunset by artist Simon Bland

Low Sun. 5x7, oil on linen panel. 2018

a painting of trees on a farm by artist Simon Bland

Farm Trees. 5x7, oil on linen panel. 2018


a painting of fields of flowers in the Skagit Valley by artist Simon Bland

Skagit Pink. 5x7, oil on linen panel. 2018

 An oil painting of the view from Carkeek Beach by artist Simon Bland

Light Over Edmonds. 6x12, oil on linen panel. 2018.

This last painting took much longer than an hour to finish.  I actually worked on it over several days.


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