Waaay too much time spent on this

This is called “Preserve” 12"x14" oil on panel. This one took me over a year. Probably an average of 6 hours a week. The toughest part is keeping motivation and objectivity. I’ve only been painting in this style for 4 years and hope to keep improving and going faster. I’d appreciate any constructive feedback.

Hope I’m doing this right as this is my first post :slight_smile:


OMG Mark I know this piece well!!! First–it’s freaking amazeballs. Honestly, it’s really a stunning masterclass in drawing, rendering, textures, and light. Second–this was one of my top picks as an ARC judge last year. I was totally bummed not seeing this somewhere in the top 3. Ugh. But hey, I get overruled often. LOL! Seriously, thank you for sharing this here. I know many will love seeing it. <3

I wish I had something constructive to offer but honestly, this really ticks all the boxes for me.

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I watched your progress pics on Instagram and remember being totally floored. In my opinion, this is perfect. It has just the right amount of contrast, the background has just enough blurriness to make the jar stand out, the texture of the glass tells me how thick it is, and Gumby is one cool dude! I’d say the hours spent are superfluous to the final result.


Thank you so much for your super kind words Anthony. They mean just as much if not more than any award. Although I would have been ok with an award :).

I’m hoping I get a chance to attend your sleepover camp next year. Natalie was telling me to reach out to your assistant Anya.

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Thanks Holly!! I was thinking that people were getting tired of the process pics. It’s like my current piece which has been on the easel forever. My studio friends keep saying ‘just finish the f*ing thing!’

Unbelievable piece. Nice, no… very fine work.

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I love it!

But more than that, I love the fact that you spent more than a year on it! I’ve been in a bit of an artistic funk lately, and this is just the sort of inspiration I need - thank you!


Thanks @deborah845800 :grinning: :grinning:

Thanks @SiBreen . We don’t all get the luxury of being able to spend that much time. I’m not showing in any galleries so I don’t have any demands which means I can paint whatever I want and take as much time as I want. I’m truly not a patient person but I decided when I started again 4 years ago that I’m going to paint my way and on my terms and not compromise. This was more important to me than my lack of patience. I’m learning every time I pick up my brush and will always keep my mind open to that. It’s a strong life goal of mine to be able to inspire others to find their own joy with art.

No constructive feedback here - only praise!!! I will say I am so impressed you stuck with this for years! That trumps my tenacity and I think of myself as a bulldog. INcredible!!!


Thanks Debra!

I’m looking forward to working on something that takes only a few months :slight_smile: