Focus was a struggle today. I worked an hour on this figure painting today and I was finding it hard to stay awake.

So, I set my timer for 20 minutes and laid down for a quick snooze. What seemed like 5 minutes later, my timer went off and I was surprised to find that I wasn’t near as tired anymore.

A fellow artist¬†commented on my painting yesterday from the live model saying, “you work fast”. I didn’t feel like I was working fast, and in truth, I wasn’t. What is perceived as “fast” is in actuality ¬†“focused”.Every finished painting is the culmination of thousands of brush strokes and hopefully, all the brush stroke left to see are the correct ones.

Every finished painting is the culmination of thousands of brush strokes and hopefully, all the brush stroke left to see are the correct ones. What makes an artist look like they paint fast is the fact that they make a lot of correct decisions. Maybe all of the brush strokes he or she places down is a finishing stroke and doesn’t need to be messed with. So, with accuracy comes speed and with focus comes accuracy.

Male Figure Painting: Session 4, setup
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Details

  • Session: 1367
  • Work: 1171
  • Width: 11"
  • Height: 15"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 1
  • 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."