1. Dear Neil, Thank you for your *artist response* – if I may call it that! Too often people glance at the subject (conditioned by photography and their own personal issues and grievances) and allowing their imaginations to run riot they look away, burying their heads in the proverbial sand! Photographs are useful to work from BTW but not to make slavish copies of. This is art and art is a skill, one we are continually engaged in… trying all the time to improve, colour, values, lines, shapes, textures, balance, harmonies, and so on, as well as our handling of the brush, pencil, or whatever tools we use. The relationship between the artist and the model is as old as the hills. I am now just concentrating on this one thing, this one subject, and exploring it in artistic depth. Thanks again!

      1. Tbh some of that was my response some years back. I think differently now. Art is about the artist not just the media and technical skill. Maybe the issue is that male sexuality and male gaze has been so ubiquitous in art through history and women’s eyes and hands suppressed so now we can’t help but be judgemental. But this is a valid subject for art. Is this in part what you are doing? You’re doing it well if so.

      2. For me it’s about visual perfection, beauty, in the female of the species. Beauty now, not as it was conceived of in the past, but modern, contemporary beauty. And in my eyes she is the epitome of perfection in female form. Or, she was, I believe she had some facial surgery, but she’s now retired from the porn industry – thank goodness! But there again without porn we would not have been aware of her. Something of a double-edged sword! I don’t have any interest in the male form. There are plenty of artists around, including women artists, that do, but I’m not one of them. The artist is important, to a certain extent, but I don’t want to get into all that artist-genius stuff. There are plenty of talented hard-working artists around and the art system operates to disinform us via the media… this artist or that artist is the latest great on the scene. It’s like politics, morals, and finance, have infected art with their grubbiness and shoddiness! In that sense I’m a disbeliever, believing rather in the notion of art for art’s sake. What are the words to that old song, ‘A pretty girl is like a melody that haunts you night and day…’ something like that! I don’t know if that is much of a response but it’s a deep subject… And thank you!

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