Another figure in oil that I feel didn’t turn out as well as it could have. I’m lacking focus on these latest paintings plus I haven’t quite figured out the exact materials that I want to use, or even the exact process. One thing is for sure, I’m learning a little each day.

I didn’t get started painting today until my day was almost over. That was the big reason why I didn’t have much focus. Starting a painting earlier in the day works best for me.

I’m thinking that my canvas needs to change also. I’ve been using gessoed paper and panels which do not have much tooth to them at all. This slick surface is causing a lot of sharp edges and not pulling the paint off the brush as well as I would hope. For the next painting I’m definitely going to move to a natural canvas.

Figure in Oil, setup


  • Session: 1324
  • Work: 1150
  • Width: 9"
  • Height: 12"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 1
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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."