'Art is never finished, only abandoned' Leonardo da Vinci
Back in March I posted a video of Spanish realist painter Antonio López García because of his interesting take on whether it is always necessary to 'finish' a painting. Now, with hindsight, I find that he takes this point of view even more seriously than I might have imagined.
According to a tongue-in-cheek Guardian article, García has been ordered by the Spanish Department of Heritage to 'stay in the royal palace and complete his portrait of the Spanish royal family' which has been in progress for 18 years. Yes, you read that right, EIGHTEEN years! And I thought I painted slowly…
For an insight into García's working practice, watch this excerpt from Victor Erice's documentary El Sol del Membrillo about García's struggle to portray the sun's rays filtering between the leaves of a quince tree.