Session 610, Work 551

A short sunflower sketch tonight. My heart wasn’t in it tonight and I felt my concentration slipping tremendously even twenty minutes into the painting.


It has taken me a while to get of the need to make masterful paintings every night. Although I do care about my work, I care that it should be done well and to the best of my ability when I can. But, many days come along where I my head or heart isn’t in it and then the main goal changes to time. I believe that repetition is the best teacher, well, that and time. This is the underlying goal for my daily paintings, learning.  If I learn by doing, practicing, repetition or just making enough mistakes and not repeating them, then  I’m happy. As long as I learn something.


So what did I learn tonight? Sometimes sunflowers are hard and sometimes their easy. And I think this boils down to just basic shapes and mostly drawing. For some reason on this painting I had a lot of trouble just seeing the basic shapes of the pedals. What ended up was no well formed areas and a lot of bad drawing. So next time, when I begin to loose focus I will do what I have done before. Slow down, focus on the shapes, or just one very small shape. Get it right, then move on to the next.


The Setup


The Subject


Session Details

  • Session: 612
  • Work: 551
  • Width: 6"
  • Height: 4"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Still life in apartment
  • Art Time: .5
  • 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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