I painted the Beluga statue for the second time. This time I zoomed into the statue much further and focused on drawing and major shapes.


The setup. Not sure if I mentioned it last time but I purchased a new lamp at Lowes so the light is much brighter.

As I was focusing on the larger shapes I noticed that I couldn’t put enough paint on my brush to really fill in each area quickly. I think this was the product of my closer view of the subject. Although the closer view did help with getting the facial features more detailed and correct, and it is a better composition.

I fear I have a lack of longevity while painting. I find myself most of the way through the painting and wanting to be finished with it. You can even tell on this painting that I stopped early. I just didn’t feel like going any further. I may have to employ Richard Schmid’s and Harley Brown’s tactic of focusing hard on a spot in the painting that I like most and finishing as I move out. Richard Schmid even said that with this approach you can stop a painting at any time and still have some thing finished.

Here is a good example of Richard Schmid doing just that.


My hierarchy of painting importance

  1. Drawing
  2. Value
  3. Edges
  4. Composition
  5. Color



How can I improve the drawing

The drawing is not too bad. The eye is way too small. And I second guessed myself with the top of the head and the placement of the pectoral fin, I’m pretty sure I had those correct before I changed them to look like what it is now. This is such a small figure it is really hard to measure, I’m going to have to think of a way to approximate small things such as this.



How can I improve the values?

Values are pretty good, I learned my lesson last time and darkened up the shadow side of the white Beluga.


Not much focus on edges again.


I kept the composition simple and didn’t focus on it at all. The only thing I wanted to do was keep the entire figure in the painting.


Not much of a focus on color here. I just recognized which areas were warm and which were cool and tried to keep them somewhat true.


  • Session: 13
  • Work: 12
  • Width: 7.5"
  • Height: 10"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Still life in apartment
  • Art Time: 1.5
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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."