Figure Painting Slow Start

Most of the work I did today was on setting up for the next figure painting. I gessoed some sheets of paper,¬†applied an oil ground then began to draw. It doesn’t sound like much but all of that took me about 3 hours.

So for this painting I’m again adjusting my methods a little and trying something different. First I’m now working from a white acrylic gesso ground. Then I applied a thin burnt umber ground to the gesso after it was dry. I tried to let the burnt umber dry before I began to draw but that was just going to take too long, I needed to get some drawing done today.

Then it took me an hour to just get the head drawn. I couldn’t believe it took me that long. Of course I did spend some time composing the figure on the page making sure it would fit where I wanted it. But for some reason the head was taking long to get correct. So, it doesn’t look like much was done on the canvas, but I did a lot of work to get to this point.

figure painting slow start, setup

Session Details

  • Session: 1333
  • Work: 1155
  • Width: 15"
  • Height: 11"
  • Medium: Oil, Charcoal
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 1
  • Creative Time:



Recent Posts


Christopher Beaven

Christopher 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."

Related Posts

2 Responses

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

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