When I first began painting, I would whip out a painting in two hours (Bob Ross was my teacher), and I would be completely satisfied. Then again, I was only thirteen years old at the time. Yet 17 years later I realized that my greatest gift was not in photo realistic or expressive portraiture, but it was the fact that I became patient with my work. The piece below is called Majeed and it has been in the works for about 3 weeks. Although I could have finished it in about three days, the detail in the fabric is attributed to one part technicality and one part patience.
Oil on Linen
Another example of patience, researching and studying artists is a piece entitled From Dusk till Dawn. For this piece I referenced was Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres' La Grande Odalisque oil on canvas from 1814.
La Grande Odalisque
Oil on Canvas