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.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Baby Won't Wait

I know artists who work best under the impending deadline of a show. Other than the rare commission I haven't worked with any real deadlines since art school and I like it that way. A couple of weeks ago I got word of another expectant mother in search of an artist (see July 18th, 2016 post). Her main interest was to participate in a body positivity exercise. She had already posed for a drawing group and found the experience enjoyable and empowering.

Pregnant Nude, oil pastel, 11" X 7", 2016

We set up a meeting where it quickly became clear that her pregnancy was in its ninth month. In all likelihood we wouldn't have the luxury of multiple working sessions before she gave birth. All live model sessions come with built in time restraints but this one had an extra sense of urgency and finality. The above drawing is one of three attempts from our lone session. I find working with pregnant models very appealing but I think a seventh month starting date might be better for my nerves.


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