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, March 23, 2016


Exhibitions that deal with the Renaissance period often include figure study drawings. Most were done as practice or preliminary studies for paintings or murals intended for churches or cathedrals. Designed to be viewed from a distance the poses are often exaggerated with bodies twisted into all manner of extreme positions.

Male Nude, oil pastel on toned paper, 8 1/2" X 12 1/2", 2015

The difficulty encountered by the model in these situations is obvious but the artist also faces a test. Gone are the familiar conventions of a seated or reclining pose. Awhile back at a group figure session the model in the above drawing held this pose for thirty minutes. This particular model takes his craft seriously and works hard to perfect and hold seemingly impossible poses. He may be onto something. Perhaps I should seek out some cathedral commissions.

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