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  • I taught Life Drawing for a few years and also modelled for a class occasionally. I suppose I was lucky in that my parents were both completely unashamed about their bodies and when I was about 15 my Dad persuaded my Mum to join a naturist club. I was told that I had to visit it once before I could decide that I didn't want to go, I didn't have to strip off but I had to go just once before I could judge.
    Once there I felt so out of place wearing clothes tht I stripped off. Naturists are mostly lovely, ordinary people and a couple of quite well known actors were members of the club. It's a wonderfully freeing experience and, having camped for many years, the experience of camping there and not having to struggle into clothes in a little tent before being able to visit the loo is fabulous!
    My parents eventually moved permanently to live at the naturist club and my lovely step father still lives in their house.
    Getting back to the life classes, it's really the only way to learn to draw properly. The intense obervations required to get past that complex set of icons we all keep in our heads for 'hand' 'arm' 'leg' or even just 'person', is incredibly valuable and feeds into all drawing and painting.
    I think Diane's Nude has great personality and is a well balanced painting. The drawing isn't perfect, but it seems to me that a good teacher will pick out what's good about a work before getting to the criticism, and hopefully that criticism should be constructive.
    Hopefully Diane you continue to draw and paint and never mind if someone doesn't like it, if it makes you happy what else matters?
    I couldn't find a scan of any of my nudes so to save time I've put my little fairy on here. Of course without all that intense anatomical study I couldn't have drawn her!
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