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, September 28, 2016


I recently overheard someone referring to using photos as source material for making art as "cheating". This sentiment suggests that they give one an unfair advantage. It is understandable considering the scope of subjects and access to detail photos provide. 

Nude Study, oil pastel on toned paper, 8 1/2" X 6 1/2", 2016

From the moment of their invention the usefulness of photographic images would have been immediate and obvious to a painter. But in the early years they served merely as tools augmenting an artist's traditional training and knowledge. The problem arises when photos become the primary or even sole source for a picture.

Working from live subjects is exhilarating. It challenges your abilities and has the capacity to stir ones passions. If anyone is being cheated by using photos it is the artists themselves.

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