The more I work on this figure the more I like it. Even though I’m taking a bunch of sessions to complete it I still have the motivation to keep working on it while staying focused.

I am a bit concerned about how detailed this painting is, though. I would like to have more dynamic brush work, but honestly, I don’t have the skills to do that yet. I keep remembering Rembrandt’s¬†timeline of work and how he started out with super detailed work. He eventually became such a master that he could describe as much with less. I figure if I’m on the same path that Rembrandt took, I need to do a ton of super detailed work before I have the skill to break away from it.

Female Figure Painting: Session 9, detail
Female Figure Painting: Session 9, progress

I figured I would take a picture of my latest work on the oil painting that led up to it. I’m amazed at such a huge change in the work over a very short period of time.


  • Session: 1358
  • Work: 1167
  • Width: 11"
  • Height: 15"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 1.5
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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."