Time is a very important factor in the creation of my work. I use oil paints and every layer needs a week to dry.
I work on 4 paintings simultaneously. This means I work with a rotation schedule and some paintings might take months from start to finish.
Apart from the technical aspects, the drying also forces me to stand back and reflect on a painting in progress. After working in close contact on a canvas for a while, it’s always refreshing to see it in another light, in another room and from a distance.
It’s hard to say how long it takes to finish one single painting. On the picture you see quite a large one, but most of my paintings are smaller. On average I finish 10 paintings a year.
After finishing and signing, oil paint needs to dry thoroughly for at least 6 months, or better a year. Only then it’s ready to get the final varnish. So, if you see a painting made in the year 2011, it is not earlier sellable than 2012.
Here you can find some making of’s