|Portrait Study, oil pastel on toned paper|
10" X 7", 2016
The next step
I have worked from the live nude periodically since the early 1970's. This blog starts 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 just add them to the conservation.
All drawings and paintings posted on this blog were done entirely from the live model.
Friday, October 28, 2016
My first exposure to figure drawing came in college where a lifelong appreciation of the discipline began. For the next three decades still life painting dominated my work but whenever possible I sought out live figure sessions. Until very recently the last ten years have been devoted predominately to the figure.
Throughout each stage figurative work played distinct roles in my development as an artist. First as an exciting learning exercise. Then as a welcome break from the solitude and static nature of still life. Most recently the figure has provided a much needed compelling and difficult challenge. Now I am aware of the figure taking on a new role as the binding agent to all my artistic pursuits.