The purpose of this painting is purely academic. I have a love for figure painting and what I want most out of my art is to have the skill to render any figure well. Once I have this I feel I can begin interjecting myself into the work more and more.

This painting, just like the first paintings of old masters, marks a space in time with my ability and progression as an artist trying to become something great. I hope you like it.

Total time: 26 hours



  • Work: 1205
  • Size: 12" x 16"
  • Medium: Oil on Paper
  • Sessions: 13
  • Start date: 1/15/2017
  • End date: 1/29/2017



After 26 hours spread over 13 sessions I have finished this painting. This may be the best figure painting I’ve ever done, so far.

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So Close

I’m so close to being finished with this painting, I’m almost positive that I will finish it on my next session with it.

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4 Year Daily Art Anniversary

Today marks my 4 year anniversary of doing art daily. So for this big milestone in my life I’m going to look back and see how I’ve grown as an artist.

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Color Tests

I didn’t get a lot of painting done on the figure today because I focused for the first hour on color tests.

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Color Matching Problem

It was only after I finished today’s painting session and I looked at the photos did I notice that I have a color matching problem on this painting.

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Time Flies

There was a time when I found it hard to paint for only 30 minutes a day. Now I commit to 2 hours every day and time flies.

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Painting a Hand

I spent the whole 2 hours session this morning painting a hand. I guess it doesn’t need saying but I’m really taking my time with this figure painting.

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Painting Arm Anatomy

The current model that I’m painting is very thin and provides a great opportunity for studying anatomy while painting.

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Slow and Sensitive

Im working slowly now, I’ve got my focus back and I’m sensitive to the subtle changes in the figure.

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Unfocused Block-in

I’ve written about focus many times here and I feel it is most necessary when painting. Unfortunately for today’s session I could only achieve an unfocused block-in.

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I just worked on refining the head and neck trying to think about the skull and muscles.

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Thinking About Structure

I get so caught up in trying to match value, color, drawing and edges that I forget that I should be also thinking about structure.

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Another Beginning

Today is another beginning to a new figure painting in oil and I’m still trying to iterate the process and improve.

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