I’m moving forward on this painting now, it is taking much longer than I expected but I’m having fun just working on it and letting it take shape.

For most of the painting I’ve been using some synthetic soft hair brushes but today I pulled out the trusty hog hair bristle and started building up the paint more thickly. I may make a point to using certain brushes in different areas of the figure and portrait. Such as the soft hair brushes for the shadow areas to keep the paint thin and transparent. Then use the bristle brushes for the lighter areas to keep the paint thick and opaque.

Portrait: Moving Forward
Portrait: Moving Forward
Portrait: Moving Forward, setup


  • Session: 1393
  • Work: 1178
  • Width: 11"
  • Height: 15"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 2
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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."