Session #359, Work #350

I’m having fun doing self portraits now. It’s much easier than hiring a model, but at some point I hope to have a model. Actually, the main reason why I started doing the portraits was to practice for a possible upcoming portrait. I don’t want to say too much about it as I fear I may jinx it.


So portraits are very hard, but it looks like I just need a bunch of practice. I felt like I have improved much over these three paintings and I plan to continue with self portraits for a while. Tonight I painted on a very cheap canvas panel with Gesso from the manufacturer and it was a whole hell of a lot better than the ones I added Gesso to myself. So right after this post I will be throwing the rest of that Gesso bottle into the garbage, or donating it. Actually, I will donate it, my wife would be mad if I just threw it away.


The Setup 1 hour into painting


The Painting after 1 hour



The Setup at end of painting


Session Details

  • Session: 361
  • Work: 350
  • Width: 9"
  • Height: 12"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Self Portrait in apartment
  • Art Time: 2
  • Creative Time:



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Christopher Beaven

Christopher 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."

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