One of the questions I can guarantee to be asked when I’m doing a demonstration or at an event is “How long does it take to produce a wildlife painting?”. Of course there’s no exact answer: each painting has it’s own difficulties that need to be resolved, in addition to the variations of size, medium and complication of subject. Familiarity with the species, quality of reference material and impending deadlines all have their part to play too.
My own favoured method of working means I often have several pieces on the go at once, and swap between them as neccesary. So I could have several paintings in progress for a month though each might only take a week. At other times I might just work on one from start to finish. It’s not an exact science!
So my answer to the question is “Anything from half a day to a year!” but when it comes to this year’s Bird Fair the answer will need to be “One hour”!