In the old Academy system, candidates for the Prix de Rome would prepare studies and sketches for the final piece for weeks and months in advance. Then, when the time came to execute their “Masterpiece” they would be locked up for three weeks in order to complete their work. All their small “Pieces” would come together in the “Master” and thus the “Masterpiece”. And, upon completing the final work if they seemed to have mastered the process, they were no longer a journeyman, but rather a master. During that period of execution, they were allowed no external stimuli of any sort, and they would only leave their studios for food and the bathroom. My project has become so difficult to stop and start. I used to think the way the academy did it was strange and extremely difficult, but now I understand, to be able to do nothing but paint for 3 weeks straight would be bliss.

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