This is the first time I’ve begun a long term painting using burnt umber to build up the values first.

Basically I’m experimenting, trying new things. This is nice though, I like working with one tone. Although, I’m not sure how it’s going to look once I’m done with establishing the values and I begin to add color.

I plan on waiting to add color this Saturday once I’m facing the actual model again. I don’t think I’ll finish it then, but I want to start the color work in person and not from photo.

Building Up Values
Building Up Values
Building Up Values, setup


  • Session: 1671
  • Work: 1327
  • Width: 20"
  • Height: 18"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 1.5
  • Creative Time:



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Chris Beaven

I am an Artist and a programmer currently living in the amazing state of Washington. I have a passion for art, but I'm stubborn as hell with it. My day is complete only when I do some piece of art each day, no matter how small. "There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile."