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.

Friday, May 6, 2016


Most commercially successful artists settle on some kind of working formula fairly early in their careers. A formula involves approaching ones art from concept through execution with the same or nearly identical set of rules. This approach leads to a consistent and easily recognizable product - both sought after qualities by galleries and collectors.

Nude Study, oil on canvas, 16" X 14", 2016

Partly by choice and partly out of an inability to do so I have never settled on a formula. However, working from the live figure has necessitated developing a purposeful method. Aside from mixing a fairly consistent pallet this approach is more a mindset than a rule set. After sizing up a subject I just start putting down marks searching for a connection. When contact is made I enter a working zone. What happens next is still a mystery and never follows the same trajectory twice.

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