Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Beauty of a Woman

From women's eyes this doctrine I derive:
They are the ground, the books, the academes,
From whence doth spring the true Promethean fire.
(Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost)

FWI: this post contains images of partial nudity.

Went to Dr. Sketchy's this week at 111 Minna. Artists gather there once a month to sketch all night and hopefully sell some work...

In the adjoining room, more artists gather to sketch burlesque performers. This time the models were the striptease duo, Fishnet Follies...

Truly Beautiful Women

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.

For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears,
the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.

The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes,
because that is the doorway to her heart, the place
where love resides.
(Audrey Hepburn)

Course, always wearing really gorgeous underwear---even if you're just running errands or playing in the park---doesn't hurt either! That way you're always ready to do a spur of the moment striptease! Hey, why not?

(Viola! Photoshop painting from a 20 minute sketch.)

From women's eyes this doctrine I derive.
They sparkle still the right Promethean fire;
They are the books, the arts, the academes,
They show, contain, and nourish all the world.
(Love's Labor's Lost)


  1. OH I love the quotes and the images in this post! Lovely... did you sell any pieces? I hope so, your art would grace any home!

  2. What an amazing idea -- an all nighter with a bunch of like-minded artists. Love the photo of the long legs and shoes. And the 20 minute sketch/photoshop piece is delicious.

  3. what a lovely post! just perfecto!!!!

    and i hope you have a great weekend. wear some pretty skivvies, and i am sure you will. :)

  4. I love this. What a great way for artists to spend an evening. Your painting is stunning. I love the sly look on the face of the woman on the left.

  5. Thanks, Shannon! That's so sweet of you! But I just went there to sketch. I saw a lot of pieces I really wanted to buy, though. Next time I'll have to remember to bring more money.

    Hi Lianne, yeah, I love going there. Never know what you'll see. Last time, I think, they had the cross dressing Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. They were hilarious.

    Thanks! :)

    Hi Drollgirl, oh yes! As I read and write :)

    Have been going through undie drawer. Out with all the emergency undies for sure!

    Hi Sophia, thanks! :) It was a really fun evening. Yeah, she did have that look about her. They're a good pair, the way they contrast each other.

  6. A great post, Cheryl, and a wonderful painting. There must have been great energy in the room with all you artists together. Fabulous! xx

  7. Thanks Carol Anne!! It's always great to be among fellow artists again. My peeps! XX

  8. Very nice sketch at the end.

    I liked the poem from Audrey Hepburn.

  9. That's so Paris Rive Gauche in the 1920's! Great pictures and sketch.

    Helena xx

  10. Some nice quotes, but what I especially retain from this post is your sketch / painting! Another bravo from me and another piece in preparation for your Paris exposition! :-)

  11. Thanks BB!

    I didn't think of that. I guess it is, a totally bohemian world. Thanks Helena! xx

    Hi Peter, thanks! It was good practice. And thank you for having such faith in me, even when faith in myself begins to waver...

  12. A 20 minute sketch?? You are soooooooo good!!!I love how you see women. There is so much depth, light, and beauty in your Photoshop painting. I absolutely LOVE it, Cheryl!!!

  13. Hi La Belette Rouge, the initial sketch I did, during the workshop, took 20 minutes, but I spent another 3 hours at home finishing it in Photoshop, trying not to labor over it too much...yeah, wish it did only take me 20 minutes!

  14. Lovely...
    Greetings from France,



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