The next step

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.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Success Ratio

The final selections have been made for my upcoming exhibition. In addition to twentyfour paintings eighteen oil pastel drawings made the cut. Working from a model two or three times a week over four years I had hundreds of drawings to choose from. What, I wondered, has been my success ratio. For each chosen drawing how many attempts found their way into the "miss" stack? I honestly have no idea.

Fermale Nude, oil pastel, 9" X 8", 2016

A baseball player that gets a hit every third at bat is as huge success. My success ratio is no where near that percentage. It is probably closer to 1 of 30 or worse. On reflection I've decided there is no reason to quantify this number. Working from life involves a random ever shifting set of variables. Sometimes the planets just line up.

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