Tag Archives: art

Eastbourne nudists organise naturist trip to the Towner Art Gallery
Baring all for a quick skinny dip is something many have experienced, but how would you feel walking around an art gallery in the nude? A group of local naturists recently did just that because, while many find nudity awkward, naturists feel that being naked is natural, comfortable and helps them to better enjoy their surroundings.

Philip Baker, of Eastbourne Naturist Swim Club, explained, “Naturism is about using the largest sense organ of the body – that is the skin – in addition to our other senses to fully engage with the natural world.”

Philip and a group of like-minded people recently enjoyed a trip around Eastbourne’s Towner Gallery without wearing any clothes. Members of Eastbourne Naturist Swim Club worked with national organisation British Naturism (BN) to organise and promote the gallery trip. They approached the Towner team with the idea and were delighted with the ‘immediately welcoming’ and non-judgemental response they received. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Eastbourne Herald

Original publication 28 August 2018

Posted on NatCorn 2 days ago

Mary Beard to present new show about history of nudity

Historian and broadcaster Mary Beard is hoping to challenge attitudes with a new factual series about nudity.

BBC Two have commissioned the University of Cambridge classics professor to present a two-part series that’s been described as a “singular exploration of the role of nakedness” in society.

Mary Beard
Mary Beard

In The Nude Uncovered, Beard will follow the history of naked human bodies in art and their impact on society’s idea of beauty and gender politics.

The 2019 show was announced during the Edinburgh television festival, where executives from BBC Two explained that “Mary will take in a huge range of images; reinterpreting star artworks like Manet’s Olympia and Michelangelo’s David while shining a light on the hidden corners of image making.” The channel further promised that the programme would challenge attitudes to nudity and nakedness. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: The Telegraph

Original publication 24 AUGUST 2018

Posted on NatCorn 3 weeks ago

Nude paintings removed from cathedral art display after complaints of ‘distress’
A SERIES of nude paintings have been removed from a cathedral’s art exhibition after they “distressed” visitors and worshippers.

The four acrylic canvas works by local artist Joe Greenwood were on display at Portsmouth’s Anglican cathedral as part of a summer show by the Portsmouth and Hampshire Art Society (PHAS).

But a cathedral spokesman said that a number of visitors complained about the paintings, leading to the decision to remove them.

Artist Joe Greenwood with two of his nude paintingsPortsmouth News/Solent News
Artist Joe Greenwood with two of his nude paintings

The Diocese of Portsmouth spokesman said: “Portsmouth Cathedral aims to be a space open to everybody.

“Whenever a public exhibition takes place in a church it is important to weigh up how it relates to our main purpose of being a place for prayer, reflection and worship. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: The Express

Original publication Aug 3, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 3 weeks ago

Facebook rejects Montreal museum’s ad over Picasso nude
A Canadian museum whose ads featuring Picasso nudes were rejected by Facebook says it is pleased the social media giant is reviewing its nudity policy.

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts online ad for its big summer exhibit was blocked because it showed abstract breasts painted by the modern master.

The museum eventually had to reach out directly to Facebook in order to get the posts authorised.

Picasso paintings rejected by Facebook's algorithmMONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
Picasso paintings rejected by Facebook’s algorithm

The painting used “wasn’t shocking”, said museum spokeswoman Pascale Chasse.

In fact, Pablo Picasso’s Femmes à la toilette was the one of the main promotional press images for the show, which looks at the influence of African art on Picasso and the artist’s subsequent impact on contemporary African artists.

It was being used in print and television ads and on the main banner hanging outside the museum in downtown Montreal. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: BBC

Original publication 3 August 2018

Posted on NatCorn 3 weeks ago

Coca-Cola Naked: An exclusive campaign for nudists
Curious and nice initiative of the Coca-Cola brand to present its sugar-free drink without labels on nudist beaches.

Coca-Cola has launched a creative campaign called “Botella al Desnudo”, taking as a backdrop the nudist beaches of Colombia, where they use the nudity of the bottle as a means of inviting the consumer to taste Coca-Cola Sabor Original and Coca as a creative resource -Cola Without Sugar without labels.

The brand made a BTL activation as part of its summer campaign. In the spot shows how a group of people are surprised to discover the power of their perceptions, which disappears when trying a Coca-Cola without its label.

The campaign consists of the challenge of guessing which variant of Coca-Cola the participants take, as can be seen in this video. This campaign carried out tastings in different places, such as beaches and shopping centers. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Info Nudismo

Original publication 07/30/2018

Posted on NatCorn 4 weeks ago

Why We Need More Non-Sexualised Nudity
I am not a naturist, but I do wish that here in the UK we had a healthier relationship with nudity

Non-sexualised nudity is important and there isn’t enough of it in the UK.

Maybe I’m biased, because I recently had a professional nude photoshoot as part of the promo for my forthcoming poetry collection, Bad Boy Poet. Having done a couple of amateur nude shoots when I was younger, I celebrated achieving my longstanding aim of getting a book deal by using my hard-fought hipster contacts to get a talented photographer to photograph me – and my dog – fully nude, for a non-bank-balance-breaking mates-rates discount.

Scott Manley Hadley and dog,

I am very happy with the results. Unfortunately, though, none of those being printed contain full frontal nudity. I was prepared to bare all – which I had never done before – but the publisher gave me a stern “no”, saying that the inclusion of a fully nude photographed penis would affect where the book could be stocked. This upset me a bit, because though I can understand a business not wanting to sell pornography, the photographs of my penis were documentary at best, boring at worst.

The point of my nudity wasn’t to be garish, or sexy, or aggressive, but to be real. I do not have a toned, muscular, body, I do not have a massive penis. I don’t have much body hair (and zero hair on my head), and I’m a little bit bigger than I’d like to be, but what I had hoped to gain from my photoshoot was a picture that would capture me looking vulnerable, yet unashamed. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Huffington Post UK

Original publication 20/07/2018

Posted on NatCorn 13th August 2018

Nudists, Nudism and Nudity Throughout History
The Complete History of Nudism, Nudists and Nudity

In this article will explore both nudism and nudity throughout history. While organized nudism, as a movement, is considerably young, social nudity is as old as Adam and Eve.

Nudism and Nudists History Part One – Nudity in the Bible

Nudity In The Bible – When the word nude or naked is mentioned, the first thought is of Adam and Eve. The Biblical Book of Genesis states at the end of Chapter 2 in verse 25 that the man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame. In Chapter 3, after Adam and Eve eat of the fruit of the tree, they become aware of their nakedness and cover themselves in shame. Because nudism exists today in a cultural, social and political context, Adam and Eve would not be considered true social nudists Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Felicity’s Blog

Original publication July 11, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 30th July 2018

Should the nude photos be censored?
A photographer has been involved for months in a tough fight with Instagram and Facebook. Again and again, his artistic nude photographs have been censored.

The British photographer AdeY has decided to fight against the obviously arbitrary censorship. According to the principle “We always talk about sex, but naked bodies disturb us or disturb us” , the artist creates carefully choreographed nude photos that show the human body in all its splendor without being explicitly sexual. The social networks in which AdeY published her photos seem even more shocked by the nude works staged in an artistic way than by the depictions of bloody violence, weapons and racist, homophobic and sexist comments.

While his Facebook page has been permanently removed from the web, the photographer is at the heart of a fun debate with Instagram. Only since May 10, 2018, the profile of the artist, which is followed by more than 81,000 fans, has been deactivated four times before being reactivated. In an open letter, which Adey posted on her website , she addresses Instagram. ” I write to you as a photographer who has been silenced, and on behalf of all fellow artists who have been harassed, censored and removed on Instagram for sharing works of art. art that aims to provoke and challenge the viewer . “ Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Info Nudismo

Original publication 07/01/2018

Posted on NatCorn 10th July 2018

Art buff: what it’s like to be drawn in the nude
When Chloë Hamilton was given the chance to pose for a naked portrait, she was keen. But then it was time to get undressed…

The hardest part is taking off my knickers.

In fact, when she arrives, I can’t help but play for time. I offer her a cup of tea, first, spending an unnecessary amount of time filling the kettle, selecting the mug, brewing the tea and pouring the milk. I make polite chit-chat about the weather and her journey.

Chloe HamiltonEva Shipoola
Chloe Hamilton

I suggest she uses the upstairs loo rather than the one in the hallway, knowing that the journey up and down the stairs will add precious seconds to the trip and delay the inevitable.

Eventually, there is no avoiding it. I slip off my dress and underwear and perch on the sofa. The cushions feel rough on my exposed thighs. She positions me and then makes herself comfortable on the floor. Legs crossed, she fixes her eyes on my contorted body, her hand poised over a sheet of paper. “Ready?” she asks. I take a deep breath and nod. And then she begins to draw me. Nude. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: inews

Original publication June 28th 2018

Posted on NatCorn 9th July 2018

Spencer Tunick’s nude photoshoot in Melbourne supermarket carpark to go ahead

Melbourne supermarket giant Woolworths has agreed to let international nude crowd photographer Spencer Tunick use one of its carparks for a photoshoot after earlier denying permission.

Tunick has photographed nude crowds in colourful locations across the world.REUTERS: ANDREW YATES
Tunick has photographed nude crowds in colourful locations across the world.

Tunick had planned to photograph thousands of nude Melburnians at the rooftop carpark at the supermarket’s Prahran store on Chapel Street, in inner-city Melbourne.

The New York-based artist is famous for his photos of throngs of naked people in public places and has created a number of similar human installations, including one at the Sydney Opera House in 2010. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: ABC

Original publication June 15th, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 26th June 2018

Life drawing artists and nude models tap into creativity at pub venue
It’s a quiet Monday evening at a pub in Sydney’s inner-west and there is about to be some nudity — but it’s all in the name of art.

This will be only the second time Lulu has attended the life drawing group that meets at the Friend in Hand Pub in Glebe.

Although she had three years of modelling experience in art spaces, there was hesitation when she initially answered a call to pose at the licensed venue.

Readily available stage lighting and heating can make pubs good locations for life drawing, especially during winter.ABC Radio Sydney: Luke Wong
Readily available stage lighting and heating can make pubs good locations for life drawing, especially during winter.

“I was nervous. I wasn’t sure about where the class would be held,” Lulu said.

“I was curious as to what kind of crowd it would bring and if that would affect my position as a model.

“It’s a vulnerable position enough to be getting naked in front of a group of strangers and presenting yourself in that way, let alone people who have been drinking.” Continued…Read full original article…

Source: ABC News

Original publication 5 June 2018

Posted on NatCorn 11th June 2018

Midlife as a Gift of Renewal – Welcome to Naturism

Today’s post features Lanie, a professional model from the U.K. who has been gracious enough to allow me to bring her photos here. Today’s topic doesn’t speak about her life or state-of-being, but her photos do evoke some of the mystery and depth of humanity that is the theme of today’s post.

Humble and dignified and authentically Lanie
Humble and dignified and authentically Lanie

Though I experienced naturism first as a teenager, it never became anything but a rare escape from life’s complexities for the next few decades. Then midlife came and shook up the world as I knew it. I didn’t think so then, but now upon looking back, I’m grateful for this pivotal part of my history. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Sky Clad Therapist

Original publication JUNE 1, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 5th June 2018

Emma Dante: Bestias de escena, una mirada al mundo

Según comenta Emma Dante en su website: Bestias de escena, una mirada al mundo (Bestie di scena) llegó a su verdadero significado en el momento en que renuncié al tema que quería tratar originalmente. En un inicio, quería contar el trabajo del actor, su cansancio, su necesidad, su abandono total llegando a la pérdida de la vergüenza y, finalmente, me encontré delante de una pequeña comunidad de seres primitivos, desorientados, frágiles, un grupo de idiotas que como gesto extremo ofrecen sus ropas sudorosas al espectador, renunciando a todo lo demás.

Todo este proceso ha comenzado desde esa renuncia, creándose una extraña atmósfera que no nos ha abandonado y que ha hecho que el espectáculo se genere solo. En Bestias de escena hay una comunidad que huye, expulsada del paraíso al igual que Adán y Eva, llegando a un lugar del pecado, el mundo terrenal, lleno de trampas y tentaciones. Se engañan a sí mismos para vivir, encontrando en ese escenario todo lo que necesitan: el odio, el amor, el camino, el miedo, el mar, el naufragio, la zanja, la tumba donde llorar a los muertos, los restos de una catástrofe… Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Info Nudismo

Original publication 17/05/2018

Posted on NatCorn 20th May 2018

Nude gallery visit an ‘incredible success’
Waiting list of 30,000 for Paris event which follows opening of naturist zone in park and naturist restaurant

Naturists have hailed their first nudist visit to a Paris art gallery as an “incredible success” with a waiting list of 30,000 but only 161 visitors allowed in.

Numbers were kept strictly limited for the closed-doors event at the Palais de Tokyo Centre d’Art Contemporain, which was held before normal opening hours when ‘textiles’ arrived.

Naturists from as far as the US arrived fully-clothed then undressed in a side room before viewing the Discorde, fille de la nuit exhibition. Guided groups of six were led by uniformed gallery staff to see works by such as Kader Attia, Neil Beloufa and Jean-Jacques Lebel.

Later, they had a celebratory drink, naked, on the roof of the gallery that looks over to the Eiffel Tower.

The Association des Naturistes de Paris hailed the visit as an “incredible moment, what a success!”

It added: “Mentalities are changing and naturism is becoming normal. For this visit, we had many young people; delighted women and men.” Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Connexion France

Original publication 7 May 2018

Posted on NatCorn 10th May 2018

Naked Britain: Fashion photographer to open naturism exhibition
Fashion photographer Amelia Allen took off her clothes to document naturism in Britain. As an exhibition of her work opens in Edinburgh, she talks about how the project changed the way she felt about her body

How did you come up with the idea for this project?

My inspiration for the book Naked Britain came from an image taken by Magnum photographer Elliot Erwitt from 1968 of a naturist couple in Kent. I first saw his exhibition in New York when I was 16 before studying his work in photography at A level. I often photographed my friends naked and loved that the images where people appeared most vulnerable and raw were the most beautiful and honest. This triggered an interest in a community where people were naked all the time and I researched naturism to see if this existed in the modern day and particularly in Britain where our attitudes to nudity seem slightly dated.

An image from Amelia Allen's book Naked Britain
An image from Amelia Allen’s book Naked Britain

Being a fashion photographer means that I have spent the majority of my career photographing conventionally beautiful and aesthetically pleasing models who are used to display clothes. Everything surrounding this is, of course, to do with body image and having to look a certain way to fit a specific societal construct of what is seen as beautiful. Growing up today, through such a politically dynamic time, where women’s rights are a huge issue, I wanted to create a project that took liberation and freedom of body image into the limelight. I wanted to photograph a community that represented equality in body image, appearance, sexuality and gender.

As the project progressed I was fascinated by the fact that one week I was shooting London fashion week runway shows, and just 20 miles away was an entirely naked community, lounging in their own freedom of self love, liberation and body acceptance. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: The Scotsman

Original publication 27 February 2018

Posted on NatCorn 7th March 2018

What You See In a Photo of Someone Nude

There is something very interesting about photos of nudists, naturists, and otherwise just naked people. Though you see the body, perhaps in your opinion, too much of their body, you don’t see what lies beneath the skin.

The conscious self is only ego and skin deep.
The conscious self is only ego and skin deep.

One of my friends, Lanie is an artist-model, more often than not doing her work in the nude. I have followed her career as a model and I am continually surprised at what the next set of photos reveal about her … or is it what it reveals about the photographer? As I am a photographer, I can’t invent what isn’t already there, see something that isn’t already present. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Sky Clad Therapist – The Naked Psyche

Original publication FEBRUARY 27, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 6th March 2018

Cuando el cabo Piris ordenó retirar ‘La maja desnuda’ de un escaparate por pornográfica

Raro es el día que no nos levantamos con un nuevo caso de censura en estos tiempos aciagos para la libertad de expresión. Cuando no están encarcelando a algún rapero por cantar las verdades del barquero, un juez decide que secuestrar un libro es lo más normal del mundo (aunque consiga el efecto contrario) o la feria Arco hace un gigantesco ridículo al retirar una exposición por su incoveniente mensaje político.

Charete, de la librería Figueroa, mostrando el cuerpo del delito.Hoy.
Charete, de la librería Figueroa, mostrando el cuerpo del delito.

Esto con Franco sí pasaba, claro. Pasaba todos los días: cualquier libro, película, revista o periódico era revisada concienzudamente por el correspondiente censor para poder llegar al público convenientemente mutilada. Sin embargo, en ocasiones algún vigilante de la moral intentó ser más papista que el Papa y se pasó de frenada a la hora de aplicar el celo. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Publico

Original publication 22 FEB 2018

Posted on NatCorn 25th February 2018

Desnud Arte: Aleah Chapin, la belleza a cualquier edad

Aleah Chapin nació en 1986 en Seattle, Washington (Estados Unidos) se licenció en Bellas Artes en el Colegio de Artes Cornish y obtuvo el Master en Bellas Artes en la Academia de Arte de Nueva York, también obtuvo una beca en el Programa Internacional de Arte de Leipzig, (Alemania) y es miembro de la MacDowell Colony de New Hampshire (Estados Unidos).

En el 2012 ganó el primer premio de la XXXIII edición del BP Portrait Award londinense por la obra a gran escala titulada “Auntie” en la que representa el desnudo de una amiga de la familia. Este cuadro forma parte de la serie “Aunties Project” que consta de una serie de desnudos de mujeres a las que la artista ha ido conociendo durante su vida. Sus retratos de cuerpo entero sorprenden por un realismo pictórico realmente impactante y son el contrapunto a los dictados de una sociedad exigente con el cuerpo de la mujer a la que no se le permite ningún tipo de imperfecciones, cambio de peso y que deben aparentar eternas adolescentes. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Info Nudismo

Original publication 20/02/2018

Posted on NatCorn 24th February 2018

CRAS: Nudity
This week I present a re-post of a blog I wrote over on my other blog, I hope you like it!

If you’re not familiar with my term “CRAS” go here for an explanation.

Clothing demonstrates to others our character. What we do or do not wear projects our character to the world. As Christians we should strive to project Godly character with what we wear. We do not want to give a false impression of God’s people to the world. We should be humble but also project joy. We should dress according to occasion. Somber times (and corporate worship) call for somber dress and somber face. Joyful times, such as weddings, call for more joyous dress.

Nude TorsoDripTorchStudio
Nude Torso

But what about nudity? In my quest to become more Biblical in my thinking and less influenced by culture, this topic has come to mind any time a discussion of “modesty” comes across my newsfeed.

What we wear can demonstrate to others our openness or reservedness. Nudity is to be fully open and exposed. Which is why people generally do not like it. People do not like to be vulnerable. Sins and scars can be hidden with clothing. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Orthodox Nudist

Original publication February 7, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 17th February 2018

What Makes a Photo a Naturist Photo?

The sky is overcast today with just the occasional whisper of a shower from time to time. It is quite warm, regardless, and we are enjoying the day. This morning we went for a shorter walk of just over four kilometres rather than our usual ten kilometres. Rather than wearing our Kiniki bathing suits, we wore clothing for the walk along the shorter section. Since it wasn’t sunny, it almost seemed pointless to wear bathing suits. Besides, swimming wasn’t on our agenda. Now that we are back, I have time for some writing and blogging.

I wondered for quite a while before deciding the theme for today’s post, quite some time actually. It wasn’t as if there is nothing to say, but whatever was to be said had to what emerged from within me rather than be forced by my head. It was the photo I took that had me realise that it was the use of images in social media in general that needed to be addressed. This photo above obviously shows that I am fully nude. It is Facebook friendly for a photo of a male nude though not Facebook friendly if this had been a photo of a woman. My nipples are safe while a woman’s serve as triggers for some, especially the good folks at Facebook. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Sky Clad Therapist – The Naked Psyche

Original publication JANUARY 31, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 12th February 2018

A los 88 años se convierte en modelo nudista y “deshonra a su familia”
Wang Suzhong es un hombre de 88 años de edad quien, desde hace seis años, se convirtió en modelo nudista. Desde entonces, ninguno de sus hijos lo ha visitado.

El hombre se hizo viral en redes luego de que Peer Video subiera la entrevista que le realizó a Wang. Aquí el hombre cuenta que en el 2012 tuvo una de las situaciones económicas más difíciles de su vida y decidió hacer un gran cambio en su vida: convertiste en modelo nudista para un colegio local de Chengdu, China.

Desde que se convirtió en modelo, ninguno de sus hijos lo ha visitado.
Desde que se convirtió en modelo, ninguno de sus hijos lo ha visitado.

Wang cuenta que no sólo encontró un propósito en la vida, también encontró a alguien con quien charlar ya que, durante los recesos, platica con estudiantes y maestros de la institución. Asimismo, considera que lo que hace es sólo una forma de hacer arte. Sin embargo, sus hijos no lo ven así y no lo han visitado desde hace años. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: SDP Noticias

Original publication 2018-01-29

Posted on NatCorn 9th February 2018

From Idea to Concept: Creating The Secret Life of a Naturist
I have been enjoying creating the cartoon The Secret Life of a Naturist for the Clothes Free Life online magazine for the past three weeks and thought I would give a you a sneak peek at the creating process that goes into each one.

Creating a cartoon old school (without computer graphics) by drawing and inking. First of course, is coming up with a story for the characters. In a cartoon strip it has to have a beginning, middle and end all in the space of seven to nine panels. The idea is not to have a laugh out loud punchline but a situation that may be humorous enough that the reader can connect with.

In today’s instalment, I first wrote a few notes on my tablet that briefly outlines the plot. I break it down into panels as they will eventually appear on the strip with what the character’s will be saying or thought balloons or sound effects. This writing concept is similar to theater or movie scripts. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Naturist Fab

Original publication JANUARY 28, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 6th February 2018

Diary of a Nudist

Diary of a Nudist (1961) película documental de temática nudista, trata de un editor de periódico, Arthur Sherwood, que estando en un viaje de caza se tropieza accidentalmente con una colonia nudista en el bosque. Él, muy sorprendido por ésto, decide enviar a la reportera Stacy Taylor a la colonia nudista para que puede escribir un reportaje contrario al nudismo. Sin embargo, para su sorpresa, descubre que Stacy le gusta el estilo de vida nudista y escribe algunos artículos muy positivos sobre sus experiencias, que no sientan bien a Arthur. Éste decide entonces unirse a la colonia el mismo y escribir su propia historia.

Nude on the Moon1961
Nude on the Moon

Doris Wishman, estadounidense (Nueva York 1912 – Miami 2002) fue directora, guionista y productora de cine. Comenzó su carrera cinematográfica de forma temprana. Aunque contaba con algún familiar en una compañía de producción, desde el principio tuvo muy claro entrar en el negocio del cine por su cuenta.

La legislación vigente en su país permitía mostrar desnudos en el cine si éstos formaban parte de un contexto documental. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Info Nudismo

Original publication 20/06/2015

Posted on NatCorn 20th January 2018

“Why I love being nude”: the health benefits of being a nudist
Cherie Lidbury talks about how she feels more comfortable without clothes.

Who doesn’t love the thrill of being naked? Whether it be walking around the house sans clothes when you’re home alone or that time you threw caution to the wind and went skinny dipping, there’s something intimately freeing about getting your gear off.

Cherie Lidbury and her art
Cherie Lidbury and her art

While for most of us nudity is about all about a moment of spontaneity, for some it’s a permanent lifestyle choice.

Cherie Lidbury, who lives in Newcastle on the New South Wales coast, says she fell into the nudist lifestyle in her 30s when she was a sales rep on the road and has embraced the concept ever since. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Whimn

Original publication September 13, 2016

15th January 2018

Lanie and the Courage to be a Nude Life Model

Lanie is a life-model for art students, as well as a model for photographers in the United Kingdom. It takes a lot of courage to take up a position that doesn’t always flatter one’s sense of self, poses that are often uncomfortable when held for too long. I know that I would struggle with this hard work.

An animate still life
An animate still life

Likely, I am not as self-confident as Lanie in risking how others see me. And make no mistake about it, this takes a lot of self confidence.

To be a life model, is in my opinion, similar to being an actor or actress. The audience is focused on performance, not on the person behind the scene. The audience is studying the scene, learning to capture what they see. And surprisingly, what is seen isn’t a mirror image of what or who is to be seen. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Sky Clad Therapist – The Naked Psyche

Original publication DECEMBER 18, 2017

29th December 2017

Artist Claudia Sahuquillo Hopes To Normalise Nudity, One Brush Stroke At A Time
#SkinIsTheNewCanvas

Artist Claudia Sahuquillo uses naked bodies as canvases to paint beautiful works of art and, in doing so, hopes to normalise nudity.

Sahuquillo paints patterns including eyes, feathers and flowers on people’s bodies in bright bursts of colour.

Much of her work focuses on painting across women’s bare breasts, which enables her to share her work on social media without it being removed.

The body painter, from Barcelona, shares most of her work on Instagram using the hashtag #skinisthenewcanvas. The unique subject has gained her more than 50,000 followers. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Huffington Post

Original publication 02/08/2017

28th December 2017

Felix Carroll: Standing very still and loving it — a day in the life of a nude art model

Standing steady as stone, like a Renaissance statue with movable lips, Paul Cronin hears artist Joan Rooks behind him blowing her nose. He cannot help but to offer some friendly advice.

“At the first sign of a cold, have vitamin C and Echinacea on standby, and hammer it with everything you’ve got,” he says, still holding his pose. “And make sure you cover your head. That’s the simplest, low-tech method to bypass or minimize a cold.”

So says the naked guy in the drafty, old art school.

Paul Cronin poses for an IS 183 art class in Stockbridge.FELIX CARROLL - THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE
Paul Cronin poses for an IS 183 art class in Stockbridge.

Because someone has to do it and because a man needs to make a living, Cronin has been disrobing in the name of fine art since the 1970s. Go ahead and multiply roughly 32 hours a week by four-plus decades by thousands of artists. Cronin has. He estimates there have been some quarter million renderings of his lean nakedness.

He owns a few of them, gifts from the artists. He keeps them rolled up in a closet under his stairwell. One, drawn years ago by the now famous Jerome Witkin, is probably worth something.

It’s 6 p.m. on Monday, and Cronin has spent the afternoon naked at a Williams College drawing class. Now he’s here in the drawing room at IS 183 Art School for three hours of posing on a platform beside a space heater at the weekly open studio.

His clothes hang upon an easel. His shoes are set tidily together in a corner with his socks draped loosely across them. Cronin has taken his position in the center of the room doing what he’s become famous for in art circles within an hour radius of Albany: He is keeping perfectly still. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: The Berkshire Eagle

Original publication DEC. 7, 2017

12th December 2017

Banned by the police: the true stories behind Modigliani’s languorous nudes
He was the ‘ravishing villain’ who drank, took drugs and bed-hopped his way around Paris. But Modigliani’s nudes – warm portraits of confident women – caused a revolution in painting

“We fight against the nude in painting, as nauseous and as tedious as adultery in literature,” proclaimed the Italian Futurists in 1910. The nude was dead; the speeding car more thrilling than the female body. Yet by 1919, Modigliani had almost single-handedly resuscitated her. This was not the decorous nakedness of Manet, the woman seen at a distance, wreathed in allegory. Neither was it the mutilating brutality of Picasso, whom Kenneth Clark saw as engaged in “a scarcely resolved struggle between love and hatred”. These were warm, living women, bursting out of the frame towards the viewer; women drifting languorously to sleep or writhing with pleasure. Naked flesh, captured on the canvas, would never be the same again.

Modern woman … Modigliani’s Reclining Nude (c1919).Tate
Modern woman … Modigliani’s Reclining Nude (c1919).

For decades, every Modigliani book and exhibition has talked about the “myth” of Modigliani, and the upcoming retrospective at the Tate is no exception. Is the story I’ve just described part of the myth? It may be, but like every myth, it points to a truth: they are different; they did change everything. We couldn’t have the abstracted forms of Alfred Stieglitz or Edward Weston’s nude photographs without the influence of Modigliani. Without him, it might have been years before the nude became so easily erotic.

The other elements of the Modigliani story also remain too enticing to abandon altogether. There is still something compelling about the combination of his early brilliance and his doomed body. He had come down with pleurisy and typhoid by the age of 14, and at 16 he contracted the TB that would eventually kill him. His easy popularity makes him a captivating presence even now. He was the precocious child of Italy who became the darling of Paris. He moved, charming, feckless, from the bed of one woman to another, maddening them with his drinking and his temper, seducing them with his erudition (he knew long sections of Dante by heart), his talent and good looks. “How beautiful he was, my God, how beautiful,” lamented one of his models. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: theguardian

18th November 2017

Why all artists should have naked ambition
Shadows and skin texture, the way the limbs move, extend. Every pose or position, reveals a whole new composition

It’s a question I am often asked, “why do artists draw from the nude”.

Shadows and skin texture, the way the limbs move, extend. Every pose or position, reveals a whole new composition
The short answer is, the human figure offers all the complexities an artist needs to learn in order to be able to conquer any drawing subject.

But why? Well, the longer answer goes like this…

Every time a model makes a move, there’s something to learn and work on. Shadows and skin texture, the way the limbs move, extend. Every pose or position, reveals a whole new composition, and another focus for a drawing. A great range of movement is possible, right in front of you, which combined with the anatomical and structural complexity of the body, make particular demands on us when we draw. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: BBC

13th November 2017

Serial Spanish nudist strips off in front of Michelangelo’s David
Italy’s most artistic streaker is back.

Three years after he stripped off in front of Botticelli’s Venus and six months since he frolicked in the Trevi Fountain in Rome, a Spanish man once again surprised art lovers by posing nude in front of another Italian masterpiece: Michelangelo’s David.

The Spaniard, a “performer” named Adrián Pino Olivera, removed his clothes last Sunday and stood naked next to the monumental sculpture, which takes pride of place in Florence’s Galleria dell’Accademia.

He shouted “incomprehensible phrases” while a companion filmed him, Il Messaggero reported.

Security guards rushed to cover him and eventually escorted him out of the museum, which attracts thousands of visitors each day. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: The Local

27th October 2017

Laying it bare: Artists celebrate the natural female form by photographing 1,001 women of all ages and sizes who are proudly flaunting their bottoms to show there is ‘beauty in every shape’

Two childhood friends are on a mission to photograph the bare backsides of 1,001 women to show that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and derrières.

After exploring their own discomfort with their bodies, Montreal-based artists Emilie Mercier and Frédérique Marseille created the ‘1,001 Fesses’ or ‘1,001 Bums’ project with the aim of easing other women’s insecurities about their bottoms.

Embracing self-love: The project was inspired by Mercier and Marseille's own struggles with body image1001fessesproject.com
Embracing self-love: The project was inspired by Mercier and Marseille’s own struggles with body image

For nearly three years, Mercier and Marseille have been collecting images of anonymous women of various ages and shapes as a way to ‘address a widespread obsession’ of women ‘hating [their] backsides’. …Read full original article…

Source: Daily Mail

16 August, 2017, 6:00 pm