The is the first nude I’ve painted. I did a lot of figure drawing some years ago, but I’ve had no interest in painting nudes until now. For some reason, I found it was hard for me to figure out how I wanted to paint her. There are about seven trial coats of paint on her — beneath what you see!
Like so many young women these days, the model told me she has serious issues with the appearance of her body. Consequently, I think it was a bit brave of her to suggest I do a nude of her.
That also made it especially gratifying when she saw the painting and told me she thought it was attractive enough to help her with body-image issues. In fact, I was so happy to hear her say that, I totally forgot to seize the opportunity in order to suggest she pay me a fee for having painted her. What a horrid mistake!
I thought while I was painting this it might not only be my first, but also my last nude — given how hard it was for me to get what I wanted. But since completing it, two more people — one man, one woman — have suggested I paint nudes of them, so now I’m beginning to wonder if this might be my new profession.
What makes it so odd to me is I typically do portraits and I practically have to beg people to pose for me. But — and this is counter-intuitive to me — it seems at first glance that it’s easier these days to get volunteers for nudes than for portraits. What on earth? I feel so old now! So outdated!