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The Sunday Sketchpad – How to try a different artistic style

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We all get into our own comfort zones don’t we? However, comfort and familiarity are not places where growth occurs. If you want to grow, learn and get better as an artist, you need to be bold and try something new. My work is normally very detailed and precise in nature. This takes time to create a painting in this way. I also rarely paint nudes.

So, I thought I would challenge myself this Sunday and try painting a nude, in watercolour (not oil) and importantly…in 12 minutes and not 12 hours!

What do you think? It turned out alright really and I might list it on Artfinder and see what happens. Be bold, be brief…be gone!

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Sunday Sketchpad Why Paint Nudes?

The Moral Reason: The human body, when totally naked, is a remarkable design. When clothes are removed, barriers between people come down. Clothing makes a number of statements about who you are, where you have come from, your social class, your values even. It is entirely a human construct. Without clothes, we struggle to make any judgements at all about people. We all become equal.

The Aesthetic Reason: Another reason I paint, is because I enjoy the structures of muscles and bones and how they look when at peak fitness altogether in a body. The balance and poise of a dancer, the tight abdominals of an athlete.

The Desire Reason: I paint that particular body because I desire to have it myself (or look like I have it) or to touch it. So, in a somewhat goddess-like ambition, I create what I want so I canĀ have it.

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