This landscape painting failed. Not going to say much about it other than postulate why it was such a failure.

So, why did this painting fail. Number 1 is the bad drawing with the pagoda on the left. That was just really bad on my part, I know I can do better. Second, the whole bottom right of the scene is nothing but a mass of random fluff. I have a ton of trouble painting areas like this without them looking like a mess.

Lastly the values seem to be off everywhere also. I think it would have been better if I would have focused in on one thing and went from there, but I was all over the place with this painting and I didn’t get near enough correct.

The Painting


The Location

I took two photos of the location since the light was changing so quickly.


My hierarchy of painting importance

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


  • Session: 57
  • Work: 42
  • Width: 10"
  • Height: 8"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Richmond Beach Park
  • Art Time: 1
  • Creative Time:



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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."