While setting up a still life tonight was getting a bit disgusted with how contrived it was. I shouldn’t have to setup a pretty still life to paint. There are wonderful still life paintings all over anyone’s home, all I have to do is point my gaze towards them and see. So that is exactly what I did, and there is nothing contrived about a well used desk.


One thing that I think all artists should be aware of is their own subconscious and its tendency to gravitate towards subject matter that is simple and unchallenged.  I do it all the time, without even thinking I don’t paint certain subjects because in the back of my head I know they will be to hard or too much work. But, we don’t grow by taking the easy path all the time.


The Painting



The Setup



  • Session: 280
  • Work: 275
  • Width: 10"
  • Height: 8"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Still life in apartment
  • 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."