The Evolution of Nudes

I started painting nudes back in the late 1990’s.  The first one was tentative and delicate of sorts as I started to explore form and shape. Learning to observe what was before me rather than what I knew was a challenge.  I avoided hands, feet and faces, my nudes very anonymous.

As time moved on, I went through a phase where it was all I painted.  I had some commissions which expanded my perspective and encouraged my technique and my style really started to emerge.

I love playing with the shapes of the female form and the shadows created.  I’ve also pushed my representation with some interesting abstracts inspired by these lines.

Lines of a Woman 2004 by Leah GayI don’t think I’ll ever get bored of painting the lines of a nude, there is just too many interesting shapes to explore. For now Life Drawing is fulfilling this love but I can see it will be something I’ll be diving back into with my brush and pastels at the ready very soon.

Until Next Time,



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Australian Artist, painting with Gouache and Oil Pastel on Paper. Lover of lines, curves, colour and texture.

Born and bred in Melbourne, Australia, I've spent most of my adult life travelling, time living in Sweden and Adelaide and have settled in Brisbane with my little family.

I'm creative by nature and find inspiration in many different corners of this world, some just under my nose, others a life time away. I blog because I love to share what I discover, and to inspire myself.

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