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.

Monday, September 25, 2017

The Model (part II)

The point of working from an unclothed figure is to portray the naked human form. Faces are often neglected with the result being an anonymous nude. Doing justice to a model as an individual requires a proper portrait study.

Female Nude, oil pastel on toned paper
12" X 7 1/2". 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017


From April through early August of this year I was on what could best be described as a figure drawing jag. Then, as high summer took hold, garden sunflowers began to bloom setting off a floral painting spree. I approached both these subjects with a good deal of fervor but inevitably over indulged. A more moderate diet might be in order for the fall.

Female Nude, oil pastel on toned paper,
9" X 9", 2017

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Six By Six

A local art center has an annual show titled "Six By Six". No entry can exceed six inches in any dimension, including the frame. Viewing last years exhibition I decided to try my hand at the format. I have done plenty of small scale work over the years but not with the figure and not in a square. These limitations turned out to be more challenging than I had expected. (For more examples see 1/7/17 and 2/24/17 posts).

Male Nude Study, oil on panel mounted canvas,
5 3/8" X 5 3/8", 2017