Comments: We're Going To Keep Him Like This As Long As Possible

So where did y'all come down on live models for creating art? (Just curious.)

Posted by patricia at March 6, 2007 01:02 PM

It's not something I'd ever thought about or considered a problem before. In college persons caught skinny dipping were required to report for modeling sessions with the art department and I'd always thought it just and funny.

I'm not ready to say that people should be gazing upon some painting by Rubens and I still Michelangelo's David is marvelous, but The Boy did make me think about it all more. I'm not sure that nude models are truly a "decent" thing.

But the artist class has never been one to go along with good morals and decency -- now has it?

Posted by Jordana at March 6, 2007 01:39 PM

I know what you mean. Mayhem #1 copied a painting for her most recent class, but she told Mayhem #2 she shouldn't go looking into that painter's work because alot of them were nudes. It amazes me how much she tries to take care of her little sister. Her painting wasn't nude. It was of an elegant couple dancing in formal attire on what looked like a wet surface. I love it and it's for Mr. Mayhem and me.

Posted by Mercy at March 7, 2007 05:01 AM

In retrospect, surely Sewanee's "skinny-dippers must model nude" punishment was just an urban myth. Or rural myth, I mean. They didn't really do that, did they?

I believed it at the time, but now I'm not so sure.

Posted by NBS at March 7, 2007 01:04 PM

NBS -- maybe it was an urban (rural) legend. I can't think of any examples that weren't hearsay. Of course, I never went swimming in Lake Cheston, clothed or otherwise, so what do I know?

Posted by Jordana at March 7, 2007 01:32 PM

One time I heard tell of some folks who were going skinny dipping at Lake Cheston, and I skeedadled over there, stole their clothes, and hid them under the sofa at the French House.

I miss college.

Posted by NBS at March 8, 2007 11:33 AM

my answer to a friend's child that was wondering why there were so many naked pictures after we invited to join us for family art day at the museum:

"artist's try to pait or sculpt the most beautiful things they can think of, and when God made men and women's bodies, he made them to be one of the most beautiful things on earth - so it only makes sense that artists would want to create art with God's most beautiful creation it it."

Posted by amy at March 8, 2007 06:32 PM

When I was taking drawing lessons at El Centro Junior College in Dallas we had a nude model for a day.

Unless a person's cranked up in some other direction, it's just a difficult exercise in rendering line and form.

Posted by Janis Gore at March 8, 2007 08:01 PM