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.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Lifeline

I'm in the process of moving to a new studio and find myself on a "forced" break from doing art. Long term I think this is a very good thing. Twelve years of accumulated canvases, frames, art supplies, you name it, need to be packed and moved. Of course I have ten times more stuff than I thought. Added to this my new space has some unanticipated issues. Booking a model or doing any involved painting or drawing right now would be impossible.

Fortunately for me Susan Ishii's Fredericksburg figure drawing group is there with a lifeline. I am keenly aware of how special this group of dedicated artists and models are to me. For almost four years it has been a welcoming, warm environment (really warm - there is a hot yoga class just before us). Usually these sessions are just one of several private or group sessions I would host or attend in any given week. Now they have taken on a more vital role - keeping me afloat.

Profile, oil pastel, 8 1/2" X 7", 2014

Reclining Nude, oil pastel, 6" X 11", 2014

Before this group started I attended bi-monthly sessions hosted by the painter and teacher Ed King. Ed is very dedicated to working from the live figure. Recently I overheard him telling someone how important it is not just to his art but life in general. I know what he means. I always leave a figure session in a heightened state of mind. Tired sometimes but spiritually rejuvenated.

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