I realized that I didn’t take any setup pictures of my still life tonight, so your just going to have to deal with nothing but text.

I was having a ton of trouble with glare on my painting tonight. When painting a canvas with nothing but black, it picks up light from everywhere. I tried several times to shield it from glare but all my attempts were futile. This painting deals so much with very subtle changes in very dark colors that I didn’t want to push through the glare only to really screw it up. So, I listened to my head and decided to paint something else.


Jamie gave me a challenge. To paint my still life from a different angle, using only primary colors (red, yellow, blue) with no black or white and a big brush. I really learned a lot doing this. There is only way to make a lighter value and that was with yellow, but if that value needed to have a cool color to it then I needed to mix green, which was still fairly warm. The dark areas were easier to move from cool to warm. I really learned quickly how important white is and how it really effects everything we see. I also learned a lot about just adjusting value with nothing but color and not needed to hit white each and every time.


  • Session: 396
  • Work: 376
  • Width: 12"
  • Height: 9"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Still life at A&C art supply painting class
  • Art Time: 2.5
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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."