Thursday, January 10, 2008

You, too, can be an artist!!!

I love old stuff.

I recently went on a little shopping spree at the Spencer Antique Mall, which is sort of like a huge flea market full of neat old stuff. Not junky flea market finds, though -- really interesting goods from another time. I bought some pretty vintage aprons which I turned into curtains for my kitchen, some homemade hot pepper jelly (not an antique... but homemade canned goods are old-fashioned, so it's all good,) an antique pink Lindy Star ring (my Christmas gift to myself!) and some old magazines. Among them was a really torn up 1950s Popular Mechanics magazine that the lady threw in for free because it was in such bad shape. I had the bright idea to use it to decoupage a box with a mechanical theme, and came across this ad.

Gee, you could get $65 - $80 or more a week! Hahaha! So things haven't changed, much. And I love the sultry model. The funny thing is, all the nude models I've ever seen in drawing class were nowhere near this gorgeous. In my first figure drawing course, the first week of school, there were all these jocks in the class because they thought they would get to see women like the one in the ad. When the model showed up, HE was about 50, paunchy, with a lot of body hair and moles. Funny -- the class was a lot smaller the next week. Wonder why?

Grody models aside, I do think the human body is gorgeous, and don't understand why people get so uptight about nudes in art. There is a huge difference between art and pornography, and I'm always surprised that my students understand that difference more readily than a lot of other people. Maybe it's the generation, but I don't think so. I think we learn to be really offended about everything once we grow up and get suspicious and jaded about the world.


JDB said...

Wait a sec - all those "learn to draw" ads on TV always have turtles or pirate heads as their subjects. In the old days they used to use curvaceous chicks in slinky dresses?!? Darnit. Certainly beats law school.

Evil Twin's Wife said...

The Evil Twin is a graphic designer and says art is subjective - anyone can be an artist! It's up to others to decide if your work is good enough.

MountainLaurel said...

ooooh...a Lindy Star ring. I'm jealous.

Juanuchis said...

I'm agog at the NYTimes article.

Maybe we should just invite the Taliban and the Saudi's in with their Sharia law -- we're so damn "sensitive" to art.

Remember John Ashcroft, who ordered the classical nudes in the Justice Dept. HQ covered?

My. God.

I'm going to start painting abstract genetalia.