I have ran out of very small canvases which is good because I need to start painting a bit larger now. I felt like I was getting lazy with the very small ones. But, large canvas or not, this one didn’t turn out so well. I should have recognized that it wasn’t working from the start and abandoned it early so I could start a new composition, but I stuck with it for too long and before I knew it was time for bed.

The Setup


The Subject



  • Session: 557
  • Work: 520
  • Width: 12"
  • Height: 9"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Still life in apartment
  • Art Time: 1
  • Creative Time:



2 Responses

    1. Thanks Cheryl,
      I’ve been told many times to stop criticizing myself so much but, honestly this is how I push myself to do better. Your partly right though, I should always point out something good along with the bad. Sometimes one is easier than the other. Sometimes I’m more excited for my failures also, these are the paintings I learn the most from.

      John Singer Sargent was notorious for being extremely demanding of his performance going as far as wiping out entire paintings when only a small portion wasn’t working. As crazy as this is I think it’s what led him to be such a master at brushwork.

      One day, hopefully soon, I will love most of my paintings and will not feel the need to criticize at all.

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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."