Friday, October 9, 2009

The Friday Evening Nudes & Something Important to Think About

Good evening, All

I thought this post was all set to go, until something caught my eye in my reader. I clicked to a blog that I often visit for its fine photography and clever wit. Why, What Have You Heard? is hosted by a gentleman named Mojo. I'm not sure just what type of Mojo he happens to be   :-) , but I do know he cares deeply for the issue of violence against women. I have this video to share with you tonight, previous to the Friday Evening Nudes because, serendipitously, tonight the nudes are all painted by women. And. October is National Domestic Violence Month.

A loved one of mine was the victim of violence and rape a few years ago.  As a social service worker (many moons ago) and teacher (now),  I've seen the aftermath of beatings:  bruises, broken teeth, burn marks and unwanted pregnancies that resulted from sexual violence. When I was a young  woman, in my mid-twenties, I served as women's shelter volunteer. I recall during the shelter training, learning that domestic violence between women couples was significant in our area, which includes the city of Northampton, where there is a strong and thriving lesbian community. That completely blew away a lot of the naivete I had regarding the romantic aspects of a relationship between two women. What I mean to say, is that I had made this assumption that women don't hurt each other. 

Please watch. If I've done this correctly, this foundation will receive $1 for each viewing of the video that will go toward supporting services for women. I know in my own area, the shelter lost most of its funding. They are only able to serve a small fraction of all the women and kids that need their help.

Thank you, Mojo, for keeping this issue on the radar at all times.


Happy weekend and enjoy the nudes.



The nudes this week are mostly by artists I very recently discovered. With the exception of Sylvia Sleigh.  Tonight's nudes were all painted by women.

Gwen John
early 1900
Gwen John was once a model for and lover of, the sculptor August Rodin

Isabel Bishop

early 1900's 

Romaine Brooks
Weeping Venus

Sylvia Sleight

Elaine Shipman


  1. I know Mojo, and I am sure he will be very happy that you have shared this. I watched it twice.

    Good nudes, too.

  2. Having friends in Northampton I know of it's special character. Have you ever heard Jesse Molina sing? she is a good friend and my musical twin. Small world. Good job on your post today. The more we learn of YOU, the more we appreciate you =D

  3. Definitely a cause to support. I'll post the video on my blog tomorrow morning.

  4. oh darlin', it's almost 2am so just popped in to see the lovelies...I will be back in the daytime but these paintings are spectacular, again, I couldn't pick one I liked the best...

    all the love to you, my dear♥

  5. Thank you, all.

    Cloudia and Linda: I feel the love. And I need it.

  6. Unfortunately, I couldn't get the video to run so I'll check out Mojo's place.

    The paintings are all wonderful and I hope you are well. Happy Columbus Day from someone who misses New England.

  7. Again more superb nudes and from artists I don;t know. Thanks for introducing me to more fine artists

    May I suggest this nude from English artist Heath Rosselli

    Ms Rosselli may not be well known but this is a powerful portrait.

    I find the very idea of domsetic violence abhorrent. Thanks for putting up Ms Cox's video

  8. Thank you all.

    Jams: the painting you pointed me to is very good, very powerful, indeed. Her style reminds me of Alice Neel a bit and also Gwen John, one of whose paintings is on this post.


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