|Nude Study, oil on canvas, 10" X 14", 2014|
Years focusing on still lifes have made me very aware of how important subtle changes can be in a pose. Anyone watching me set up a still life could easily think I was crazy. (I won't dispute this conclusion). I often spent enormous amounts of time moving elements a fraction of an inch. Shifting the light source back and forth till things were just right. Then finally moving the easel an inch or two before starting.
I have done hundreds and hundreds of drawings and paintings from the live figure over a forty plus year span. As I paced back and forth contemplating the above pose something struck me - I'll never come close to exhausting the possibilities. I could have worked from half a dozen different angles on this pose alone.