oil on board
Here's another older work, a view of the-once-industrial-but-now-trendy Philadelphia neighborhood of Manayunk. I spent at least two months on this, but only two and a half hours at a time, and of course only on sunny days.
Earning money from one's art is such a tricky thing. I remember exhibiting this painting in a Philadelphia gallery and asking $900 for it. The painting didn't sell, and the gallery owner told me that I was asking too much, considering I was so young and unknown. Yet if it had sold, she would have taken 50%. After the cost of the frame, I would have made $400 for a painting that took 30 or 40 afternoons of work (I sold it later privately).
This is part of the reason I began in 2008 to paint small and finish my work in a day or two and charge low prices that made it easier to find buyers- I simply couldn't afford to support myself as an artist otherwise. But after a few years of this, I'm back to square one. I'd rather spend longer on my work, and make the best paintings I can. So it's back to a steady part time job for me....