A black and white portrait of Chris BeavenI’m Chris Beaven, an oil painter whose art focuses on the human form and narrative. My progression over the past 11 years from sketching to painting has become a quest to translate the complex dance of emotions and narratives onto canvas, where the human form takes center stage.

The inspiration for my work is as varied as life itself, drawing from the mastery of traditional artists like Rembrandt and Van Gogh, to the boundary-pushing works of contemporary artists like Kehinde Whiley and further into the technological wonders of the digital age. My art is where these influences meet, creating a space where classical techniques blend with modern perspectives.

My creative process is contemplative and incremental. It begins with an idea, a concept that I feel compelled to explore. This is where my narrative starts, informing all the choices I make, from the subjects I portray to the materials and techniques I employ. The idea unfolds into a story and the story guides me, the canvas is where it all unfolds.

Doing art daily is integral to my life and persona. This discipline of creating art every day for over 11 years has shaped my work and life profoundly. It’s a practice that has not just refined my skill but has become a part of me as an artist. This commitment has allowed me to develop a personal style that’s as much about the strokes on the canvas as it is about the daily observations and introspections that fuel them.

Through my art, I strive to capture moments that speak to us all, to create pieces that aren’t just seen but felt, inviting the viewer to pause and reflect. It’s in these shared reflections that the true dialogue of art is found.

As I continue on this path, my goal is clear: to dedicate my life to art and to share my vision with as wide an audience as possible. Each day is another step toward that future, a future where I hope to leave a lasting impression not just on the canvas, but in the hearts and minds of those who see my work.

I WILL DO ART EVERY DAY FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE!!

Wait… isn’t that impossible what about those super hard days in your life?

I took a practical approach to this huge goal. I “Rubbed it up against reality” and determined that the only way I could confidently pull this habit off for the rest of my life is to establish a MINIMUM. This was the most important. It’s not about creating a masterpiece every day, nor is it about creating anything you want to sell or show every day. The most important thing is the HABIT and to keep moving forward a little bit every single day.

Establishing my identity as an artist meant I practice as an artists every day. Little did I know but this new habit was the most powerful thing that I could have ever done an it affected every other part of my life in a positive way.

The PRACTICAL Goal

To do some kind of art every day, at least 30 minutes in duration, for the rest of my life.

Why?

I’ve been an artist since I was very young when my mother, with her wonderful insight, saw that I was drawn to art and enrolled me in classes. However, after 38 years, on January 26th 2013, I looked back at my life of art and realized that I wasted most of that time. There were multiple years where I didn’t do any artwork at all and my soul suffered for it. But what suffered most of all was my ability as an artist. On that fateful day, I realized that I had LOST most of what I learned.

Art is Not like riding a bike

Art making is complex and it takes constant practice to get better and my previous 38 years was wrought with a severe lack of practice. Over the days, months, and years where I wasn’t doing art my ability was eroding, and by the time I noticed, it was almost as if I was starting over.

I didn't quit

Creating is what I do. For me it is akin to breathing. There is no “have to” or “must” it is a part of me. To stop is to begin to die. So, I did the only thing I could do. I made a plan to never let complacency happen in my art again.

Days of consecutive art

and counting

“The journey of 1000 miles begins with one step”

I hope to motivate you to follow your creative dreams. I’m not special. If I can do art every day for 11 years you can to.

This Website

This website exists to document my artistic journey over the years, to provide historical reference for my future self and to add an analytic focus to my growth as an artist.

When my journey began in January 2013 my original idea was to become a master artist and I feel the best way to do this is through the combination of time and effort. My hope is to reach a point where I can consider myself a “master artist”, whatever that may be.

(update) As I read the above paragraph and update this page 7 years later I realize now that I will never reach mastery, it will always be ahead of me as I get better every day. It is all about this amazing journey of art making!

An extra note on why I blog my progress every day.

In current contemporary art society we are told by many galleries to “Never show anything but your best work”. For marketing artwork I can understand the logic but in my soul, this feels wrong. This produces a society of young artists that have a very skewed notion of what it takes to create truly masterful works of art. I know, I was one of those artists.

Did you know that most master paintings you see took years to create? Did you know that many master works were a culmination of many previous attempts along with tons of studies? Not to mention all the years of hard work and learning just to “master” the fundamentals, that eventually would lead to an important painting.

I log my progress, my struggles and my triumphs daily so that many years from now other artists that I inspire can see what it took to get where I am. I hope that my daily art blog influences young artists to begin their journey with a focus NOT on creating a masterpiece, but on building a deep love for the process and also the amazing journey of creating.

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First painting after years of nothing. 2013

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2015

Success In Life Drawing: 30 minute pose

2016

Finished

2017

Living Room: Finished and Drawing Fundamentals

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2022

Certified Optimize Coach

I contribute most, if not all, of my current motivation, energy and love for making art daily to Optimize.me (now known as Heroic.us) and the team there for providing me the wisdom necessary to take my art making to the next level. I feel that anyone that goes through the program will feel as actualized and amazing as I do now.

Through my daily commitment I’ve earned the title of “Certified Optimize Coach” and I’m proud to share it here.

What does it take to be an Optimize.me coach?

“Certified Optimize Coaches are committed to mastering themselves, serving heroically, and empowering others to do the same.

They have demonstrated expertise of the Optimize Protocol: integrating ancient wisdom, modern science, practical tools, and the Fundamentals of Optimal living—eating, moving, sleeping, breathing, focusing, celebrating, and prospering—into their daily lives. They earn their certification anew each day by demonstrating a continued commitment through practice.”