Despite claims made and repeated for decades, Pollock did not paint his epic Mural canvas in one great, glorious burst of nonstop creative fervor.
Instead, a painting revered as a turning point, both for the artist and the history of Modern American art, evolved over many days and perhaps even several weeks.
Link: The Real Pollock Story
The story that a great work of art was created all at once is just that: a great story. A myth.
It turns out that the truth is much better than the story. Pollock had to work on his masterpiece for a long time—just like most of us do.
There are layers and stages to our work. Chipping away at something day in and day out is a lot easier than relying on bouts of genius to spring forth at 3am.
Better to be an overnight success that takes some time.