July 23, 2008

Study for "Nymph"

Oil on museum quality archival ampersand gessobord™ panel - 9” x 12”

"Nymph, in thy orisons

Be all my sins remember'd..."

My studio is surrounded by forest and I have often taken models into the woods to play "Nymphs and Satyrs." It is not an ancient woods but old enough to have some interesting flora and fauna. I like to contrast the warmth of the flesh against the lush, green foliage. A few years back, I was taking a photography class at The Maryland Institute College of Art called "The Nude in the Landscape." The instructor needed a place to hold the last class and I volunteered my ten acres of property, on which there is a small stream, a hidden glade and a lot of privacy. It worked out well and a good time was had by all. My nearest neighbor was out of town (I think). He would have been amused to see four nude models and seventeen photographers frolicking in the back yard. One student in the class thought it would be nice to have a model sprawled out in a lovely patch of vines down in the glade. He got some beautiful images of her, the three shiny leaves catching the sun just right. It's a pity these city boys don't know poison ivy when they see it - Ouch. I know Marianne will think twice before posing in the woods again.


Anonymous said...


Lovely piece!

Love where you signed it too! You are a hoot.


Diane said...

she is beautiful... the contrast of her smooth flesh with the landscape is divine. What a difference a few hours make!

Anonymous said...

Mark, I love this painting!! The detail is outstanding. Thank goodness I don't get poison ivy. Farm Girl


Hello Mark,
Thanks for the comment regarding the danish. I just checked out your work, and see some terrific pieces. Do you have a bio. you could e-mail? ..like to learn a little bit more about your background.

Anonymous said...


Lovely as always.


PS. I'm thinking about taking my vacation in your woods.