A lack of focus and time really effects any art I do. Today the heat and other tasks conspired against me.

A 1 hour, somewhat rushed and un-focused monochrome start didn’t turn out well. But it wasn’t a massive failure. I was able to add some white into this burnt umber mixture with some success to get the values a bit closer.

Monochrome Start #19
Monochrome Start #19

Again my normal tendency is to make things bigger as I get further away from the head. I need to always keep this in mind and make extra horizontal measurements when moving down the figure.

Monochrome Start #19, compare
Monochrome Start #19, setup


  • Session: 1651
  • Work: 1310
  • Width: 12"
  • Height: 16"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 1
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One Response

  1. Yeah, I see what you’re talking about with the further away from the head you get, it gets a little off the mark.
    But I have to say, I think this one is beautiful. It’s reminiscent of Waterhouse, I think.

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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."