|Reclining Nude, oil pastel, 6 3/4" X 11 3/8", 2012|
I confess to having become an absolutist regarding working from life. Using a photographic image removes you from the subject and and makes it nearly impossible to connect in any meaningful way. For me even a minor reliance on photos can pollute and take the life out of an entire work. Ultimately the benefits of working from life don't just outweigh the negatives they trump them.
Being an absolutist on any subject is probably not a good idea but it's where I am right now.