Eve Dipping Her Toe in the Waters of Eden - 30 x 40 - oil, top image
Eve installed at Naked Winery middle image
Adjacent wall featuring Orchid bottom image
My latest painting is a continuation of the Eve series, although done in a different technique. My focus continues to be the figure, because it's my first love. When I was a girl I drew ladies in the Sears catalog. In college I loved my live figure drawing classes. Today Allan and I try to get down to Hipbone Studio for figure sessions.
But not having live figure models for my paintings is a dilemma. I resolve it by using Flickr. There are wonderful photos by photographers from all over the world, much better than I could compose myself. As an artist I feel justified in using technology to aid my artistic vision. Artists like Vermeer did the same, using a camera obscura.
Eve is based on a photo taken by Alexandr Zadarika, a photographer from the Ukraine, who gave me permission to use it. Thank you Alexandr!
Other photographers have been equally generous, giving me permission to work from their photos, and often e-mailing me high resolution photos not available online.
I'm grateful, because without the technology and ability to communicate with people all over the world, I wouldn't be able to paint what I love.
We installed Eve at Naked Winery yesterday where she is hanging with many of my figure works.
Can you see the apple and snake?