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Two drawings and a painting

I have begun two classes, one through the New York Academy of Art and one with the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Both are excellent, as Evan Kitson and Peter Van Dyck are knowledgeable, hard-working artists and teachers. I have been working during the past few weeks on drawing the human form, and these are some of the results. I started the painting today, incorporating some of the figures I have been drawing. Dodeles_figure waiting graphite 9x12 2021 Dodeles_figure walking graphite 2021 Dodeles_Elise_Offering_1stday_oil on canvas_16x20_01312021

Prayer and cadavers

The battle between the diva and Diana turned out badly, with Diana getting the worst of it; she is dead. The painting suffered considerably in the making, so I won’t show it. But I did make a painting called Prayer for Diana. I have been spending time meditating on impermanence, and found a wonderfully macabre book entitled Dissection: photographs of a rite of passage … that you can read about at I have combined images from the book with old master drawings and medical prints to create the paintings.

Reciting a prayer for the dead Diana
Dissected abdomen
Youthful corpse being dissected
I used a Raphael drawing for the pose
One corpse on top of another
An amalgamation of anatomical images