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, August 17, 2016


All good art involves an emotional connection between the artist and the subject. The very best works, the ones that spark your passion, are the ones that seduce you. The work is calling you. From the moment a concept takes form you are in a very real sense helpless. When at the easel you don't want to leave. When away you can't wait to get back.

Nude Study, oil pastel, 7" X 7", 2016

I have experienced the joy of being seduced by drawings and paintings many times over the decades. It is a wonderful thing. However, one must be careful with longer term projects. A seduction can easily morph into an obsession. If longevity is even remotely ones goal it is advisable to maintain some distance and perspective in the midst of an amorous seduction.

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