The next step

I have worked from the live nude periodically since the early 1970's. This blog started in my second year of working almost exclusively from the figure.

In the fall of 2015 I reintroduced still lifes and an occasional cityscape into my painting repertoire. Rather than abandon this figure blog or start a new one I decided to add them to the conservation.

All drawings and paintings posted on this blog were done entirely from live models or on location.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Conscious Decisions

My personal drawing technique utilizes a gradual buildup of crosshatched lines. I never made a conscious decision to work this way - it is simply how I draw. There are advantages and disadvantages to this method. A high degree of subtlety can be achieved but broad areas take time to develop.

Portrait Study, oil on canvas, 14" X 12", 2017

After years of working with acrylic paints using a slow buildup method I decided to change course with oils. I made the purposeful decision to try a more direct style. This choice proved beneficial as I began working from the live figure. With a brush broad areas can be put down quickly thereby altering the way I approach a painting.

Saturday, October 7, 2017


This time last year I was in a race with the seasons. My light was changing. The long shadows of October were rapidly replacing the stable angels of summer. I'll not claim to have won the race but I did cross the finish line (see 6/30/16 post).

Sophia Street View, oil on linen, 24" X 40", 2016

Monday, September 25, 2017

The Model (part II)

The point of working from an unclothed figure is to portray the naked human form. Faces are often neglected with the result being an anonymous nude. Doing justice to a model as an individual requires a proper portrait study.

Female Nude, oil pastel on toned paper
12" X 7 1/2". 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017


From April through early August of this year I was on what could best be described as a figure drawing jag. Then, as high summer took hold, garden sunflowers began to bloom setting off a floral painting spree. I approached both these subjects with a good deal of fervor but inevitably over indulged. A more moderate diet might be in order for the fall.

Female Nude, oil pastel on toned paper,
9" X 9", 2017

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Six By Six

A local art center has an annual show titled "Six By Six". No entry can exceed six inches in any dimension, including the frame. Viewing last years exhibition I decided to try my hand at the format. I have done plenty of small scale work over the years but not with the figure and not in a square. These limitations turned out to be more challenging than I had expected. (For more examples see 1/7/17 and 2/24/17 posts).

Male Nude Study, oil on panel mounted canvas,
5 3/8" X 5 3/8", 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Model

Working from a live model there is no predicting if your efforts will be successful - there are simply too many variables involved in the process. However, ones chances of a good outcome are greatly enhanced when the model displays a level of proficiency that challenges your own.

Female Nude, oil pastel, 13" X 9", 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Year Four

August 9th marked the fourth anniversary of this blog. Counting the two years I kept a private art diary that totals six years of introspection regarding the figure. From the beginning, the point was to verbalize my working methods and intentions with the hope of making at least some incremental progress.

Reclining Nude, oil pastel, 9" X 11", 2014

For the last year or so my desire to scrutinize the intricacies of live figurative work has been waining. I'm more interested in just looking and reacting. It follows that the content of this blog will evolve to reflect this new reality.