The Nude in the 21st Century

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Carrie Alter

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Robert Bibler

Kelly Blevins

Jamina Bone

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Hunter Clarke

Mona Cordell

Jennifer Cutshall

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Bruce Erikson

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Alexendra Eyer

Jeff Faerber

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Elaine Green

Annie Heisey

Keith Howard

Kathryn Hratko

Sebastian Hyde

Tom Jensen

Tricia Kaman

Mark Kaufman

Patrick Kernan

Monika Linehan

Katherine Liontas-Warren

Cathy Locke

Daniel Maidman

Jessica Marshall

Jim McComas

Jim McComas

Jessica McCoy

Christopher Mooney

Thu Nguyen

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Michael Reedy

Michael Reedy

Nick Reszetar

Bethany Rowland

Paul Rutz

Joseph Shepler

Brian Smith

Darrell Weaver

Denise Weir

John Whitehouse

John Whitten

Patrick Kernan
(Portland, OR)
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Monnica, 4.19.12, Watercolor, 23" x 14"

Capturing the human figure from direct observation is one of the great passions of my life. When I begin a portrait, my goal is not to end up with a "beautifully rendered" or "accurate" painting. Rather, if I'm successful, the finished piece becomes a record of my observations, emotions and reactions to the model, at that specific moment in time. Accuracy is important, but if accuracy is your main goal, chances are that you will end up with something that looks like the model, but tells you very little about the model or the artist. When I begin a painting, I first consciously ask myself "What is it about this model that is unique?" and perhaps more importantly, "How do I feel about the model, what is it that interests me about this particular person?" Once I have a sense of my emotional connection, that will guide me though my approach to the painting. Composition, cropping, color, emphasis and exaggeration all work together to get to the essence of the subject.

This painting of the model Monnica was completed over the course of three, three-hour modeling sessions. I use watercolor because it's immediacy, spontaneity, and sense of commitment help keep me focused in the moment of observation.

And, yes, Monnica really did hold that smile for a total of nine hours.

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