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Reclining Nude with One Foot on a Chair

19.00"W x 12.00"H x 0.1"D

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Linda Armstrong

GRAND JUNCTION, CO

Medium: Drawing

Subject Tags: dynamic, tortion, twisting, dramatic, 20 minute pose, figure drawing, original pastel, lying on back, reclining, nude woman, nudes, female nude art

Media: pastel on paper

Size: 19"W x 12"H x 0.05"D

Year Created: 1997

This pastel drawing on paper was created in a figure drawing group where a number of artists shared a model in a three-hour session. When I lived in Los Angeles, I attended several of these groups in different locations several times a week.

In general, I work a little differently than most artists. I make a mess and then keep working until I recognize that there is nothing more I can do. My goal is to attain stillness. Some people call it harmony. I admire works that have a perfect balance of positive and negative space. I work to rhyme shapes and colors within my pieces. I think art has the potential to inspire creative forces in people who see it. This can have a deep healing and energizing effect. I think everyone is an artist.

I have been painting and drawing seriously since 1987. I employ visual art, including painting, drawing, and photography, as a medium for personal exploration.I took many art classes in college in the 60s, but at that time my focus was on writing. After my daughter was born, I had a hunger for silence--literal and metaphorical. I engaged in a spiritual search, but nothing was satisfying until I started to paint. I was amazed when dealers showed an interest in my early works. I started attending uninstructed drawing groups at Barnsdall Art Center in LA. I stayed away from teachers, Since the beginning I have worked in series. My pieces inform one another. Two of my major series include a group of paintings of the Arroyo Seco Bridges (Pasadena, CA) and a smaller set of works based on cross-bedded sandstones in Walnut Canyon (AZ). (My profile picture was taken at a winery in Palisade, Colorado near my home in the Grand Valley)

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