This is the first time I’ve used oil paints at the Life Drawing Club. The same model posed for us for three consecutive Saturday mornings, and it’s the longest I’ve spent on a painting so far.
Her pose kept changing a little (that’s my excuse anyway). I kept smushing the oils around the canvas board, but it never came out quite right.
The nude body is such a mainstay of our painting tradition: it’s incredible to think that some cultures do not countenance nudes being seen in art galleries or any other public place. In those circumstances, this little picture could become an explosive political and religious statement.