Even though my sleep wasn’t the greatest last night I woke up with a ton of energy and was able to begin a new oil painting. My first oil painting in months.

Before I get to the oil painting though I want to point out that I’ve finished the Jon Snow drawing today also. Basically today was super productive.

I intentionally kept his raiment simple and loose. He is wearing some kind of animal fur on his shoulders, Pattie thinks it’s Yak fur. She is the animal professional so it’s highly possible she’s right. But because the fur is full of a mix of hard and sharp edges it doesn’t need a ton of detail. All it really needs is a definition of it’s basic form and I feel I accomplished that well.

Jon Snow Drawing

Previous Jon Snow Drawing Posts

Satsumas Still Life

Most of my time on this painting was with the setup of my materials. The last time I worked in oil was in March so I needed to get all the paint’s brushes, brush cleaner, palette and a host of other things in order. When I worked in oils regularly I had all my materials ready at a moments notice.

Due to the long setup time I knew that I wasn’t going to get deep into this painting today so I just focused on establishing the major masses, covering the canvas with oil, setting up my value ranges and blocking in most of the colors. The next session will take me into the details and refinement.

I have to say that starting an oil painting after all these months was like a wonder breath of fresh air. I love painting in oils!

Satsumas Still life in oil


The normal 15 minute warm-up in graphite.


One Minute Gestures

Back to the awesome one minute gesture exercise in the The Natural Way to Draw book. I’m drawing the figures a bit smaller now. They are much easier to control this way.

Daily Composition and Sketch

I drew a composition from a stock photo of a still life and tried to study why it works well. Then the sketch is of my french press with an overhead angle. I’ve drawn this french press many times and it is always a challenge to get the geometric shapes looking correct.

daily composition and sketch

What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

I started my first oil painting in months!

What needs work? What did you learn?

My sleep is the most important part of my day, without great sleep my day isn’t the best.

How am I going to Optimize moving forward?

Tonight I will focus on getting to bed on time and getting a great night of sleep.


  • Session: 2816
  • Work: 1742
  • Width: 12"
  • Height: 18"
  • Medium: Oil, Graphite, Charcoal
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 5
  • Creative Time:


Drawing, Painting

2 Responses

  1. Jon snow looks great, and I’m not sure if you feel the same way, but is painting after so long feel like you are re-learning or is everything just coming back to you? I know when I SCUBA dive after years of staying on land, the skills do come flooding back (pun intended). I feel rotating through painting, and other mediums might keep everything fresh. Or you become a Jack of all Trades. Good to see you excited about painting again.

    1. I felt very rusty but after a few hours on the painting it all started coming back to me. Your right, rotating through the mediums I love are going to be a must moving forward, even if it’s only 30 minutes a week on one of them.

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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."