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Sunday, July 29, 2012

ten years of standing still

for a period of ten years I have been posing naked for artists and art students in eight different post secondary art institutions with more than 100 instructors.
the experience has been rewarding and interesting and has included a session which was a fundraiser for one of the institutions where alcohol was served.
suddenly one of the patrons who appeared quite inebriated, placed himself in front of me facing the audience, with a bottle of beer in one hand pulled his pants down and slurred "I can do this too"
the money was not the greatest and working conditions were dismal.
little space heaters competed often with floodlights for power resulting in tripped switches.
expectations from instructors as well as students were sometimes unrealistic, unreasonable.
the erotic ambiance was  often so thick you could slice it with a knife.
nubile young female models were at times handsomely paid for striking rather sensual poses after the official sessions had ended.
said one instructor:"a naked butt sticking in the air is more interesting than a wolf"
still, it was an honour to have become the subject of paintings by two of Alberta's major artists, dean smale for his painting ode to edo, and Tessa nunn's  man in yellow robe (both can be seen further down on this blog)
one of the institutions bestowed upon me a certificate and a watch for ten years of naked service to its visual arts program
and, no, I never gave anyone the satisfaction of seeing the erect state of my penis as so many of my young colleagues do.
but my large nipples seemed to be a subject of art and conversation, with one instructor musing :" my, those nipples are a distraction"
as a committed anti-circumcision activist I was especially thrilled to use this vehicle to celebrate the uncut cock .

Sunday, April 5, 2009

student drawings of edo

conte drawing by susan delaney
this was one of two poses for a painting that was done over several sessions.....i actually did both poses for this piece, which is a university student's work

the image above  is of dean smale's painting "ode to edo"

graphite drawing by brenda draney

Sunday, March 8, 2009

when naked is not enough

don't restrict yourself to your own wardrobe,she said.suggesting that i check out my wife's closet as well and the missus got down to business and picked out three dresses, we  (actually, i) spent some time at the ironing board and off i trudged.
the concensus zeroed in on the red dress and the universe unfolded as it should.
they are barely visible, but check out the red toenails

on the top is the drawing by one of the students; don't you just love the expression of ennui?
and no, no sex, no nakedness, just great (art?), just a great character study

naked - not a selfportrait - by edo

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

my art work

my artwork can be seen by visiting

to read my poems , vignettes and other writing,

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

"ode to edo"

so, there is this painting somewhere, possibly alberta, canada, of me.
the artist getting the credit for this life-size painting is dean smale, who aside from being an artist, has also been instructing a variety of art-related courses at the community college in medicine hat, alberta, canada.
in 2006, mr. smale did a stint of teaching at the east oregon university in eugene, oregon. it's while there he completed ode to edo..

it's here where it's getting interesting.....especially in view of some of the comments made by some of the models who demonstrated naked outside paris city see, the painting is done from a photograph dean had taken of me several months,i know, there are many artists (99 out of a 100, i guess) who create great paintings from photographs.......but the pose......the pose, my friends, is mine (the model)'s my performance, my emotion, my gesture.......all dean smale did, was to copy the photograph.....(and he did it well, i might add)..
however, i suggest you read the critique that accompanies the picture in the eugene weekly ......and you will agree with me, i am sure, that without the dramatic gesture and emotion, this great work of art could not have been created.
good models who inspire good artists to create great art are few and far between......and those who are should get remunerated accordingly and not just tipped

imagine posing for a painting that was completed in eugene, oregon,....then finding it in a gallery in edmonton, alberta, canada.
yes, ode to edo is alive and well and hanging with a few other naked people in an art gallery in edmonton, as part of the show inner sense by dean smale.