Welcome to another episode in the search for an answer to this question: how much time does it takes to paint a still life?
To find the answer, I am tracking my time at the easel as I complete a 20″ x 16″ still life in oil.
The initial drawing and the underpainting are finished, and I have begun to lay in color for the background. Some of the reddish underpainting is still visible. This accounts for 20 hours of work so far.
I took the photo below after another 25 hours at the easel. In that time, I corrected the drawing and began applying color to the wing.
Eventually, all the feathers have color, and the top of the wing has more definition.
I also made many small changes and corrections over the entire painting. For instance, I brought the left and upper sections of the wing into sharper focus.
Over time, many corrections will add up to a more balanced and satisfying image.
Now it’s time to get started on the antler. At this point, my oil painting in progress has been on the easel for 75 hours.
Update!! Click here to see my video on the process of completing this painting.
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