I started this painting while I was waiting for an order of much bigger canvases to come in. I didn’t have much plan for it other than to kick off a commitment to figure painting for a long while.

That being said, I learned that this size of canvas is just way too small for what I want to do for figure paintings. I’ve done very small figure paintings in the past, I could get out the tiny brushes again, but not this time.

I intentionally left the painting rough. Smoothing it all out would not have adjusted the message much more. A message of quiet subdued contemplation of the impermanence of life.


  • Work: 1795
  • Size: 16" x 12.5"
  • Medium: Oil on Paper
  • Sessions: 12
  • Start date: 7/11/2021
  • End date: 7/25/2021


3103: Impermanence Finished

Super productive day! Finished one and started another.

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3102: Pressed for Time 2

Not much change on this painting today as I took a lot of time on errands.

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3101: Pressed for Time

I got a lot of work done on this painting but by the end of the day I was pressed for time.

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3100: Impermanence Session 3

Lots of distractions today away from art making but still a productive day.

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3096: Impermanence Session 2

Session 2 and I’m mixing, comparing and finishing a lot.

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3095: Humble Beginnings

I’ve started on the Impermanence painting today.

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3094: Two More Color Keys

I did two more color key paintings today. And saved a litter of bunnies.

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3093: Color Key Study 1

Super productive day. More on CreateQuest than art time.

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3092: More Neutral Color Testing

More color testing in preparation for a new painting. Time consuming but I’m learning a ton.

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3091: Neutral Color Testing

It’s late and I’m rushing to get my post done because we went blueberry picking!

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3090: Drawing Planes

I’m starting another painting and today was drawing and planes work.

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3089: Value Study

I’m planning a new painting and today I started with a value study for it.

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