Figure: Pulling it All Together, Session 1

After working on figure studies for the past few days I figured it was time to paint a figure a bit larger and spend much more time on it.

What I’m struggling with most is trying to keep the brush work loose yet accurate at the same time. It seems to me that this is a skilled that is learned over a long time with many many figure paintings. When I look at Rembrandt’s early work it’s super detailed, almost photographic but his looseness seemed to be learned over time. Who am I to argue with the great master of portraiture.

Figure: Pulling it All Together, Session 1, black and white
Black and white

Interesting how the high chroma color under the rib cage seems off when in color but it looks correct in black and white.

Figure: Pulling it All Together, Session 1
Figure: Pulling it All Together, Session 1
Figure: Pulling it All Together, Session 1, setup

On another great note, my father made this amazing table for us and shipped it all the way from Kentucky. It’s so nice that I now feel like we need a better apartment just to house it. We’re going to re-arrange the living room at least.

Hand made table
Hand made Table from my Father

Session Details

  • Session: 1237
  • Work: 1063
  • Width: 12"
  • Height: 7.5"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 2.5
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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."

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  1. You are getting better. The first thing I noticed on this painting was the way you were able to capture her ribs showing. Okay, so not “Rembrandt” but you got this non-artist to notice something pretty detailed, and that’s something extraordinary if you ask me

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