I’m honestly not sure if I want to continue with this painting, I think it’s not working.

I’m not sure of my original purpose for this painting. I know I wanted to show a part of my life, a messy living room, but it would also be an analogy for my life in some ways. I want the composition to be very busy and confusing, I want the viewer to ask questions about why I’m surrounded by so much stuff or why it is so confusing.

I’m not sure if the whole idea is not working, or am I just losing motivation to continue working on it. I wish I started this painting in gouache actually and I’m not willing to start it over in gouache.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do for my next session I will have to give it much thought.

Living Room: Not Working
Living Room: Not Working
Living Room: Not Working, setup


  • Session: 1839
  • Work: 1360
  • Width: 20"
  • Height: 30"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 0.5
  • Creative Time:



3 Responses

  1. It looks pretty cool. I think you should finish it. If you don’t think it’s interesting enough, then you must have pretty high standards. I’d finish it just for the cardboard boxes alone, but the portrait looks really good as well.

  2. That’s because you forgot to include the cats…
    I’m kidding. I don’t find it uninteresting, just a little overwhelming. We have a lot of stuff and you said you want to pay attention to detail. That’s going to be a lot of tedious work.
    I think taking a couple day break from the painting every few sessions might keep it interesting without overwhelming you.

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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."