If you're an artist, you've definitely been asked: "How long did that take you!?" I always urge to tell them that it only took me a few days or hours. It's always at this point that I face a dilemma. If I tell them that it took me a short amount of time, I expect them to be amazed, but instead they might just think that I didn't put in a lot of effort. On the other hand, if I say that it took me a long time, then they'll think I'm not a skilled artist.
In art nowadays, speed and precision triumphs over the artistic integrity of a piece.
So, when at our painting intensive course we were expected to create a finished painting in about 6 hours, I had some issues grasping that. In the end, I wasn't satisfied with any of the pieces that I created. When we had our art show at the end of the course, spectators came in and praised all of our work, amazed at how we were able to create them in such short amounts of time. The walls were lined with our artworks, and it looked pretty sick. However, each individual piece if examined closely was sloppy and rushed.
Overall, I walked away from Columbia with 5 "finished" artworks, but had we spent 3 weeks perfecting one or two of them, I would've been more satisfied. However it wouldn't have been the same for my parents. Even when I brought home 5 artworks, they were disappointed, expecting more than I had. At the same time, they weren't satisfied with the quality of the pieces that I did create.
So as an artist, it's up to you to compromise. Do you want to conform and create dozens of pieces that appeal to all but yourself, or do you want to create art for yourself, for that artist inside of you?