Anatomical Position

Anatomical Position

Anatomical Position
Anterior Male
Anterior Female
Posterior Male
Posterior Female

I received a grant last year to help with my figurative anatomy studies.  It was a real boost, both in morale and in the opportunity to study something awesome. I took a 3 month online intensive artistic anatomy course, I spent three weeks at the Stanford morgue studying bodies with Dan Thompson, Michael Grimaldi and the BACAA crew. I then returned home and began a series of four figure paintings that I am finally showing publicly today!

These figures are all posed in Anatomical Position, which is one of the first things we learn in a medical anatomy class. All the body’s movements are categorized based on this position. By making these paintings I was able to consciously translate my new technical, theoretical knowledge to the living, breathing, reality of the person. People are more than textbooks, more than flesh and blood, of course. Similar, but totally different.  And this is what we love about life.  Everything in the universe has a unifying baseline, but with wonderful, endless variety.

To create these paintings I hired models who came to stand in my studio about 10 times a piece.  I had each person stand in the same place and painted them roughly in the same scale.  It was a delight to spend so much time with each model, studying and getting to know them.  In fact – three of the models are in the same family. Posterior Male is married to Anterior Female and Posterior Female is sister to Anterior Female.

Haines Foundation Grant Awards Show

I received a grant last year to study anatomy and to make four figure paintings. I worked from January until last Tuesday on this project and finally I’m going to show the results publicly.  I was going to post them here today, but I forgot to take photos before I delivered them to the show! Argh! I do have a couple of drawing studies from the project for you however – which you will not see at the show tonight.
Anatomical Position - Anterior Male
Anatomical Position – Anterior Male
Anatomical Position- Posterior Female
Anatomical Position-
Posterior Female
Anyway, if you’re in Southern Oregon and are free, please come to the show tonight (Friday, March 6) at Ashland Art Center, 357 E. Main St.
I would love to see you all there! 🙂
Big thank you to Lloyd Haines, Wendy Seldon and Ashland Art Center for this grant program, which is a fantastic boost to the visual arts in Southern Oregon.
And — Last but not least, the local newspaper, Ashland Daily Tidings has written up the Grant, the Show and even included a few quotes from me and a pic from my sketchbook! (By the way, the article is mostly accurate, it’s accurate in spirit, but not every detail.  It’s important that I clarify — I did NOT say, “Art will not get you food, clothing and shelter.” What I said was, “Art is not food, clothing and shelter, but it is vitally important.” I was trying to make a balanced statement about how art is life, but it’s also not.  Instead it came out sounding like I thought artists can’t make a living.  Argh!