Its quite a challenge when I’m forced to look at an almost blank part of our apartment and figure out something interesting to paint. I turned to my phone to help pick out some interesting compositions for this painting, and I like what I ended up with.


The great thing about a cell phones today is that their cameras are not too bad, and most importantly it is always with you. So it wasn’t that hard to snap a bunch of pics of tonight’s randomly chosen room and direction. Within about 10 minutes I had edited several photos on my phone by turning them gray-scale and cropping, eventually choosing this interesting and somewhat dark composition. There is something about a dark doorway and what exists beyond that stirs the imagination.


The Setup




The Subject

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  • Session: 416
  • Work: 394
  • Width: 9"
  • Height: 12"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Interior Apartment
  • Art Time: .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."