In this session I’m trying to balance detail with distraction.

Detail is good until it pulls away from the main interest of the painting. I could go super detailed on this bright purple box in the background but I know that will detract away from the portrait and figure. So, I not only try and keep it vague but I also lower the chroma of the colors in the box.

Even not in this photo I think it may be a bit too distracting but I’ve also noticed that these photos tend to sharpen all edges more than what is actually in the painting and increase the chroma. I’ll have to determine any changes from looking at the original work.

Living Room: A Balance of Detail
Living Room: A Balance of Detail
Living Room: A Balance of Detail, detail
Living Room: A Balance of Detail, setup


  • Session: 1871
  • Work: 1360
  • Width: 20"
  • Height: 30"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 1
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One Response

  1. I didn’t notice the box until you pointed it out. I think you did a fantastic job of keeping the details muted and not overpowering the painting.

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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."