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  • Diane, some people in charge of classes forget the fundamental purpose of teaching--to encourage students in their quest to learn. And it seems that art teachers may be most inclined to it, as they let following the "rules" take precedence over that most sacred duty. Enough about that!

    Your nude is strongly reminiscent of the many nudes of queen-sized Mexican-Indian women sculpted by Francisco Zuniga. He is a great favorite of mine, and I found so many things to like about yours, as well. If I may be so bold . . .

    First, the pose she was in might have been the easiest for a "mature" person, but it was the least flattering for one whose body is giving up the fight against gravity. However, I think you've captured that fact. I get a feeling that her body is tired of keeping up that fight, and there is a sense of almost dejection in the way you've captured it. And her hands express it so well that you've made me feel she is also sad.

    Then, in spite of that feeling of melancholy in her body, you have shown her with a face so beatific that I can't believe she has given up on life. Everything about her head is perfect, down to her eyelashes. I get the feeling that inside this tired body is a beautiful spirit, something Zuniga didn't see in his old woman.

    When I first moved to Santa Barbara, California, my walk to work at the probation department led by the art museum. A Zuniga exhibit was currently ongoing, and part of it consisted of six (I think) larger than life-sized figures of his favorite subject, and he obviously loved women and especially statuesque women. Every morning I would climb the steps to the open-air veranda and walk among the figures. It was marvelous, seeing them from every angle. They were perfect with their womanly shapes, portrayed by Zuniga looking so comfortable in their bodies. Eventually, I found a large framed pastel at the Aaron Brothers Art Mart of a seated woman nursing her baby. (If it isn't an original, it is a reproduction that appears to be. I've never removed it from the frame to feel.) She sits with her legs akimbo, completely focused on the baby. It's one of my most prized artworks.

    Well, enough about Zuniga. My point is that your nude is so like Zuniga's that I just wanted to thank you for posting it. I wish I could see it all at once rather than in strips.
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