July 1, 2008

"Nude on the staircase"

Oil on museum quality, archival ampersand gessobord™ panel - 5” x 7”

I had a model over yesterday and found some interesting light on the spiral staircase in the studio.  The figure was almost totally in silhouette, which cried out for a sketch loaded with brushwork.  The aura of white gave an ethereal quality to the figure.  Had she been coming down the stairs, I might have had to give her the cubist/futurist treatment à la Marcel Duchamp.  As it was she was ascending, so my realist self came through (sort of).  It was fun to be loose for a change.


Anonymous said...


I've been a big fan of your nudes for many years and, more recently, this fine model. This piece has some very interesting and different characteristics, from the perspective, the halo effect, the execution in such a small format, to even the view of one of your huge fashion pieces in the background.

Another nice bit of work.


Anonymous said...

What an oustanding job, the detail is amazing. Once again I am blown away!!! Thank you for a wonderful day and a great experience. Farm Girl

Mark Adams said...

Fran, thanks. That means a lot coming from you. This piece did veer from the photo-realist pastiche. Marti is a pleasure to work with. Thanks for the introduction.

Farm Girl - It was a fun day. I'm glad you like the painting. It sold as soon as it was put up on the site.

Sherry DeGhelder said...

I love the light and composition.
Wonderful piece!

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Sherry!

Diane said...

such beautiful brush work and love the luminance of her hair

Anonymous said...

Love the recurring curves and circles in the composition.

Deb O

Laura Virella said...

my favorite part is the the mini version of your other painting in the background... so "meta"... ;)