At my current rate with the slow block-in this painting is going to take much longer than my previous paintings. I’m okay with that.

I figure that each painting needs to take as long as it should take… That is not really saying much of anything. What I mean is, I’m going to work on this painting and get it to a point where I think it is correct no matter the time it takes.

Richard Schmid in his book Alla Prima says that you should write a statement and pin it close to your easel. That statement should say, and I paraphrase.

Never knowingly leave anything wrong on your canvas.

I guess this is the idea that I’m going for. But it is kind of a fine line to walk, because I’ve also heard from other artists about over obsession with perfection.

Slow Block-in
Slow Block-in

I’m seeing a lot of greens and purples in the skin. I’m pushing these colors a bit in plans of going over them later with some semitransparent color. But, I must say that adding greens, blues, and purples to the skin makes it look more accurate.

Slow Block-in, detail


Slow Block-in, setup



  • Session: 1525
  • Work: 1226
  • Width: 28"
  • Height: 18"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 2
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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."