Oil on Triple-Gessoed Mahogany Panel, unframed SOLD Collection of Peter Slusarczyk
Craigie, W. Australia – Australia
About This Painting
Why do artists paint nudes?
It's a tradition as old as drawing, and painting, especially as art training began six or seven hundred years ago.
Probably the best argument for painting a nude is the sheer beauty, elegance and magnificence of the human form in my opinion God's most spectacular creation.
Beyond that, due to its inherent difficulty, it keeps the artist honest: If I paint a tree wrong, who knows? if I take shortcuts on a landscape, you won't know. But if I paint anything incorrectly on a human form, it's immediately obvious. That's where drawing and painting from the figure is unparalleled training for the artist. And it's just as valuable for "brush-up" (pun intended) for the seasoned painter, as well.
I love the way form is brought out visually by a single light source on the model. And the way muscle and structure are enhanced by the lighting, even though the model is at rest.
It is always a joy to get to paint from the human figure.
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