“The holy grail is to spend less time making the picture than it takes people to look at it.”
I once read that the average viewer at an art show spends something on the order of 2-3 seconds looking at each piece. So the above quote presents quite an imposing standard to the artist. The art I personally enjoy is that which I can return to time and again and enjoy with each visit. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the work contains a lot of complexity so that you are literally seeing new elements that you just couldn’t absorb in one viewing. A simpler image could generate a different and new feeling in you at different times, or it make evoke a consistent feeling that you want to have again and again. Images with some mystery to them seem to be good candidates, as they engage the viewer more forcefully
I won’t tell you how long it took me to make this image – I don’t want to put any pressure on you… Enjoy for as long as you’d like.