I’m really taking my time with this figure in oil continued from yesterday. It has been a long time since I’ve had a second session with a painting and I still have a ton of motivation to continue working on it. I hope to finish it in one more session but if it goes longer then that is fine.

I think the week of time that I spent on finding the materials that worked best for me has really helped. Having materials that I’m comfortable with keeps me at my easel longer with the energy I need to turn out quality work. In fact, for these last two session I never left my seat, I painted for 2 hours straight.

I corrected the drawing for this painting from yesterdays comparison photos. I was careful to note the places where my drawing was incorrect. This is important information as I seem to always lose accuracy the further I move from the head. This is especially true with standing figures.

figur in oil continue, setup

Here is something interesting I’ve noticed with my paintings. The better the painting looks, in person,  the more disappointed I am with the photo. On the other hand I have had some paintings that don’t look very good in person yet the photo looks better. Personally I would rather be disappointed with the photo, it seems to be a good indication that I’m headed in the correct direction.


  • Session: 1329
  • Work: 1154
  • Width: 11"
  • Height: 15"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 2
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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."