Some folks are only happy if you say that you labored over a piece and that it kept you up nights trying to think of ways to get it right. But sometimes a painting just flows out of you like lightning. I used to try to go into elaborate explanations of how much of the time I spend thinking about my work versus the time I stand there with my brush in hand. Then there is all the time I spend just looking at things, at trees, at light, at color. And then there are the landscapes in my mind that I try to translate.
The truth is, that as an artist everything in your life goes into creating your work… every experience you have had shapes how you view and interpret the world around you. So I guess my best answer these days is …“that painting took my whole life to make.”