An Artist’s Challenge

“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.

One response to “An Artist’s Challenge

  1. Nice image, Bob. I like the sense of tattooed skin, movement of cloth, and compelling light. It certainly held my attention for more than 3 seconds. 🙂


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