The Journey Into Art: Good Art Is Slow

January 7, 2020
Great Sand Dunes sandstorm

This afternoon the winds came strong off the mountains back onto the dunes, pushing them back out to the valley.

The constant back and forth of the morning and evening winds have kept these dunes stationary for thousands of years. Yet in its stationary existence, the crests change with the prevailing winds and new dunes are born almost daily.

The large forms change slowly, but the tops and ripples change daily.

I see many, many ads for tools that help you create images (and I presume prints) fast with presets or other shortcuts.

Most of my best works take 1+-5+ hours to create. The farther I go along this path, the more time it takes for me to finish a piece. Early on I could finish a piece in 1-2 hours. But now it takes much longer.

I will work on an image for a while until I feel a bit of fuzziness in my head. Then I will save it and come back another day. Many times I find that changes in the image from the previous work needs to be taken further. I will invariably see form or color changes that need to be improved or finessed. Previous work necessitates more changes to complete the piece.

I see other respected artists producing less and less hasty work. I can now see hastily constructed images and discern them from those that are more finessed.

I really don't know how to make good art quickly. I can certainly present images online that require only a bit of work. But I would never offer it as a work of art. I have had some ask for prints of these online images, but those images are worked in the studio to become something unique as the print that is needed.

It has been said that an artist must stand against something in the prevailing culture. So in this regard, I will stand against quickly-produced art as good art. Good art takes time to produce, from capture to processing to printing. Also good art is slowly viewed and appreciated.