I was a reticent in painting this image because of the nudity. Before I didn’t care but when I start showing in galleries and painting I love are rejected due to nudity I start to question if I need to show it or not.

I painted it anyway.

I could paint for others, I could paint for money but I’m lucky enough right now to have the freedom to paint for myself.

I don’t like that the naked body is controversial but my that doesn’t change the situation.

Maybe it’s an issue I should address directly in my paintings?

  • Work: 1852
  • Size: 30" x 20"
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas
  • Sessions: 18
  • Start date: 11/28/2021
  • End date: 1/20/2022


3282: 1852, Session 18
I finished this painting by 6am this morning and I’m very happy with it. see the post
3281: 1852, Session 17
I’m so close to finishing this painting. I’m almost certain I will finish it tomorrow. see the post
3280: 1852, Session 16
I’m moving quickly on this now and plan to finish it by Thursday. see the post
3279: 1852, Session 15
I’ve started the final strokes on the figure and I’m loving it. see the post
3278: 1852, Session 14
I finished the cloth and killed the background with a long session this morning. see the post
3277: 1852, Session 13
Painting at 2am, and I’m tired of all the gray… see the post
3276: 1852, Session 12
Even though my sleep is sub par I was able to achieve some great focus this morning. see the post
3275: 1852, Session 11
Short session today. I’m spending time with our beloved kiddie for these last few days of his life. see the post
3274: 1852, Session 10
Some sleep troubles last night but I still got a good hour of focus on this painting. see the post
3273: 1851, Session 15
With some small changes this painting is finished! Two in one week! see the post
3256: 1852, Session 8
I’m changing up how I do things a bit. see the post
3255: Veiled, Session 7
I moved back to the Veiled painting because Faded is dripping wet. see the post
3245: Veiled, Session 6
This layer of paint is done and I’m excited to start it again after it dries. see the post
3244: Veiled, Session 5
I’ve created a plan and changed direction on this painting. Exciting! see the post
3243: Veiled, Session 4
I’m moving back to this painting and I’m honestly now sure of where it’s going to go. see the post
3231: Veiled, Session 3
A brand new day and a complete restructuring of my daily goals is in place. see the post
3230: Veiled, Session 2
I had one of the most wonderful days in a long time hanging my show at the Jansen Art Center today. see the post
3229: Veiled, Session 1
It looks like I’m starting paintings in sets of three… see the post

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."