"We are all one substance involved in the same terrible struggle, turning matter into spirit."
Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis

Friday, July 22, 2005

Figurative Paintings

If the model takes a pose with attitude I’ll concentrate on body language. It’s not easy finding an interesting pose that’s natural without being self conscious. These paintings are done live...never from photographs. Click on this painting to view other figurative work. Please leave your comments, questions, etc. below. (More artwork, by theme, will be posted soon.)


Anonymous said...

Chuck- great blog- wonderful paintings- I admire your skill with the figure.

Every checked out www.painterskeys.com?

A fellow artist on the path

Chuck Berk said...

Thanks "fellow artist." Fyi, I am listed with painterskeys.

morrison55 said...

you're paintings are really cool - I especially love your figurative work (as I'm something of a figurative painter also). I'm glad to see paint used in such a vivid and exciting way.
Please check out my blog - subterraneanpaintings.blogspot.com - and tell me what you think.

Also who are your favourite painters?

CONNELL said...

Yeah, that business of painting from photos is a tricky thing at best. My own dismay comes from knowing that the figures I have painted from the pages of an ancient Playboy (one with my ex-sis-in-law) are never going to see the light of day. First off, it's illegal. Second, the thing is, they are so darned "perfect" it just didn't feel artistic. So, I thought, how about the one model I can afford? And, after several sessions in front of a mirror, I finally got some paintings done, but, dang! They are sometimes of a "contrived" nature, or (stupid boy!) get an erection, or just plain "flat!" (I can't think of a good term for that last artistic term)
I would paint m'dogs and cats, but they absolutely refuse to shed their "clothes" and so, ....

Chuck Berk said...

Hey Morrison55, thanks for the kind comments. I’ve finally found some time to surf your site. Well done...keep-up the fine eclectic work.
Fyi, I’ve been influenced by many artists including Abraham Rattner, Henry Hensche, Frederick Franck, etc. I also enjoy Charles Reid and Wolf Kahn, to mention a few that are still working.

Chuck Berk said...

Connell, if you're serious about working from the nude, why don't you try a local "life” class? Or, maybe check a college art department’s extension courses. Fyi, I've attended many reasonable workshops where artists split the cost of a model.

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