I woke up this morning  and looked at the still life and I couldn’t believe that the lilies deflated so much over night. The literally went from full wonderful flowers to limp and lifeless hanging pedals. I spent most of the day wondering how I was going to handle the change.

After some long thought about it I figured it wasn’t too bad to continue with the still life as it is. I hadn’t worked much into it the previous day besides a drawing of the basics so there wasn’t much concrete work done that could not be changed. Plus, I figured that all the flowers have done their major changes after the first night. I expect them to change more but any future changes should not be near as drastic.


The second issue though is my severe lack of knowledge of how to work gouache. I literally felt as if I was just haphazardly throwing paint around and hoping it would land in the correct place. I didn’t have much focus or direction at all and the outcome was disastrous. But, I will not be discouraged. I plan on continuing the painting tomorrow but this time I will execute it with a plan, with focus, patience and calmness.

The Setup


The Subject



  • Session: 345
  • Work: 337
  • Width: 15"
  • Height: 22"
  • Medium: Graphite, Gouache
  • Location: Still life in apartment
  • Art Time: 1.5
  • 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."