The idea for tonight was to create a since of air in the painting, or begin to create it. The first thing I did was put a dark glaze over the entire painting and really push all the values down a few notches and soften up some edges.


After that I worked on the left side of the painting carefully laying in thick paint of the correct values while really trying to push the “airy” quality. I figured the best way to do this was to soften edges and bring some of the background values closer to the lighter areas of the object. I believe it started to work but I think I also made a mistake by working the background up so thickly. The thick paint has too much of a texture and is bringing the background forward and making the painting look flat. I will have to try and adjust that.

The Setup



  • Session: 373
  • Work: 357
  • Width: 20"
  • Height: 16"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Still life in apartment
  • Art Time: 1
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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."