I have worked from the live nude periodically since the early 1970's. This blog started August 9th, 2012 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.
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Something has been happening over the last few months. My strong drive to work from the figure has been waining. Facing this realization has caused some trepidation. What could possibly replace the challenge and excitement of a live nude? It appears now that it wasn't just the subject matter losing its luster it was also the working environment. Apparently I needed some solitude.
Back room studio interior, magnolia setup
Magnolia XIII, oil on linen, 15" X 18", 2015
A couple of months ago the heat and noise of summer forced me into a back room of my studio. This was not an entirely unwelcome development. It provided a quiet more intimate environment than the street front room in which I had been painting. What transpired was a month long magnolia painting binge. Early morning forages to fetch subject matter. Then back to the studio for a spirited painting session with the quickly fading blossoms. My only company the radio and perhaps a wasp that had found its way in overnight.