Okay, I do make my art barefooted, but I grew up in California! Being a good artist requires hard work and dedication!
A couple of days ago, I shared my two paintings of nudes in The Gallery at the Watershed‘s “Elegant Nude” exhibition later this month. As luck would have it, I’ve also found a new home for another of my nudes with an old friend in Denver. She visited my studio a couple of years ago and admired this paintings as I was in the process of painting it. I told her I’d let her know when I finished it so she could see the completed painting. Life got in the way, and I stored it in my studio closet forgetting all about my promise until my recent studio purge (see August 26 post). Over two years later, both of us having moved to new cities, I thankfully managed to track her down and let her know it was available. Happily, she was still interested so off it goes to a new home.
Nude paintings are a funny thing. Many people are reluctant to hang them in their home, and only then in their more private areas such as their bedrooms or bathrooms. I grew up with a nude drawing of my father’s friend (he was the model for the sketch) hanging in our living room. It must have been that liberal, 60’s California upbringing that makes me comfortable with hanging a nude in any room in my home. How about you? Would you be comfortable displaying a nude painting in your home?
“Woman on Chest”, 20″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas
I am taking my last class, Abstract and Interpretation, at the Academy of Art University before presenting for my Masters in Fine Art. I’ve always struggled when it comes to abstraction so this is the perfect class to teach me to loosen up. Here’s my first assignment, a back and white abstraction of a simple glass still life. The painting looks like the glass is melting.