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The Nude Through Art

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/the-renaissance-nude

Lilith introduces this wonderful exhibition at the Royal Academy. I posted sometime ago about Sunday Sketchpad Why Paint Nudes? and discussed how people interact differently when they are nude. Not because they are embarrassed, no, its not that. It is because devoid of clothes, we are classless and no-one can tell of our financial status, our likes and dislikes, our culture even. This is why it is liberating.

In the same way, it is also the most challenging form of painting a human. Clothes can be used to hide imperfect brushstrokes…or that bit of light and shade that you just can’t get right! Here is one of my new nudes. A relief sculpture.

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The Sunday Sketchpad – Why you should keep an art journal.

A week passed rather fast. I found my old art journal in a storage box recently and one can see things changing, not just time, but skills and interests. You remember what you were like as a person when you entered that material in that journal.

This journal is from 1997. From the images below, I was always interested in anatomy and structure of the human body.

Ii is for this reason that I thought I would share my thoughts on why one should keep an art journal. These books allow you to prepare small sketches of ideas for paintings. They are small enough to be portable so you can capture ideas on the run, but you can also keep small clippings from magazines etc that inspire you. Most of all, they keep a record of you are an artist…how you grow and develop and how your interests change and how your skills improve over the years.