Monday, January 10, 2011

The Return of the Nude

Thanks to the enticement of participating in the "Unclad" show at the Stanwood Gallery, Gallery by the Bay - I have returned to the art of the Nude. Unfortunately, I don't think I'll have a piece ready for this year's show, but here's my start with hopes of having a painting ready for the show next year. If you haven't been to this show, I would highly recommend it. It's a lovely location with an amazing selection of art and artists.

"In Contemplation"
Mixed Media on Paper
Available on Etsy

It's been several years since my college days and "Life Drawing" classes, but it feels good to consider this beautifully natural form again. Admittedly, when I walked into my first class with a nude model (in the late 80s at the age of 19, mind you) propped up on a platform with lights highlighting every feature, an art instructor carefully directing the pose and props (pillows, vases, draping velvet), I did have to struggle to keep from giggling. For this mild mannered girl from the sticks it was certainly a scene I had never experienced, but one I learned to appreciate far beyond my teenage imagination. Once I started drawing and painting the human form I was awed by it's interesting and provocative lines and shapes. The human body is certainly a work of art, and I felt fortunate to have the opportunity to study it then, and again now.

March 12 - March 27, 2011
Gallery by the Bay
Stanwood, WA


Onewithwings said...

This is a very nice piece! I am just now starting to study the figure (after a few awkward attempts at drawing it without understanding it first!) It is fascinating, for sure. I plan to draw every day in order to improve my take on the human figure. :)

Jennifer Lommers said...

It definitely pays to draw daily! Best wishes on your studies!


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