From time to time I need a reminder of just why I continue to do what I’m doing. It’s tempting to jump from one thing to the next without spending the time it deserves.

So, why am I doing this figure starts?

When I’m drawing and painting from life the session only lasts 3 hours. With breaks, the actual time spent working is close to two hours. I have to be concise in my drawing and capture the proportions correctly and quickly. Also when I do get to applying paint I need to be able to generalize the figure, yet do it accurately. I’m basically training myself to make strong foundations for great paintings.

Figure Start: A Reminder
Figure Start: A Reminder
Figure Start: A Reminder, setup


  • Session: 1411
  • Work: 1193
  • Width: 11"
  • Height: 15"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 2
  • Creative Time:



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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."