She's Not Perfect (nude), 16x12

"She's Not Perfect" 16 x 12" Pastel

"She's Not Perfect" (cropped)

A few years back, I think it was fall of 2011, I went out with a few artists to a shoreline on the Columbia River Gorge that is best known for it's nudity (Rooster Rock). No, I did not paint in the nude, but I'm sure some other artist has done it before. We went out with a model to paint her in the open view of the Gorge. It was beautiful out, but not warm enough to have our model pose in the water as was our intention. Regardless, this is one of two I painted in a 3 hour period, this one being the more colorful of the two. It was one of those modeling sessions that everything was just flowing...including the time. Swept up in the experience, I forgot to pick up my kids from school and we were an hour out of town!  It was one of those "pedal to the metal" days, but so much fun. "She's Not Perfect" is just that, proportions are off, but I still love this piece and will probably study it's colors for some time. I used an orange under-painting and modified it with neutralized colors. Hope you enjoy her.

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Blogger Melody Cleary said...

I don't think the proportions are that off, Brenda. Nicely done & I enjoy the colors.

1/23/13, 10:45 AM  
Blogger Brenda Boylan said...

Thanks Melody,
Looking at it on the screen, I see that I must have been tiring as I was working on the legs last, which seem to be the offenders. :)

1/23/13, 11:43 AM  
Blogger Celeste Bergin said...

It had to be a great experience...to paint a model out in the open air. She looks beautiful!

1/23/13, 8:45 PM  
Blogger Brenda Boylan said...

Thanks Celeste, it was a great experience! The hike out was a long one with a heavy box of pastels, but truly inspiring along the Gorge.

1/23/13, 9:27 PM  

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