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Currently living in Berkshires Massachusetts, United States


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billnijm thanks for the add. Great photos

2 years ago
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NudistGuy Summer is here...Woo Hoo!!!!

2 years ago
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NudeInMA And we were just starting to have an actual Spring.

2 years ago
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NudistGuy The forecast is 94F and sunny here today.

2 years ago
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ManOfWicklow The UK is having the worst summer in history. If it carries on like this, I'll have to get a boat to use on the roads.

2 years ago
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NudistGuy And here in the central USA, we can't seem to get any rain. This is our third summer of drought now.

2 years ago
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NudeInMA Is anyone having decent weather? Long range forecast here: rain until June.

2 years ago
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ManOfWicklow The worst april ever, and may has started off even wetter and colder.

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Cheri_Donna Rain just yesterday....today and through the weekend, gorgeous

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ManOfWicklow I Love the 19th century profile pic.

3 years ago
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NudeInMA I hide my antiquity well. ;-)

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NudeInMA 60 days until Spring!

3 years ago
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eddiesmith can not come soon enough on this snowy day!

3 years ago
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NudeInMA Eternal optimist: 16 Dec 2011 - 96 days till Spring.

3 years ago
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Lilstones I'm glad there is an optimest amoung us. Not much outdoor nudity in KY either! Have to get all hindered to work outside. Naked inside coveralls...

3 years ago
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drifter2468 Just saw your snow pics, reminded me of Moscow...but I have to say now "better you than me" Give me warm more than cold

3 years ago
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sunman44 Yikes, I have never been nude in the snow. Of course, I have only seen it once since 1980. Cool picture.

3 years ago
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NudeInMA If you ever get the opportunity to a make a nude snow angel, do it! You can always plead temporary insanity later.

3 years ago
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ManOfWicklow Are you sure it's temporary ?

3 years ago
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NudeInMA That's what the voices told me.

3 years ago
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cocobolo Oh my goodness! You must be a very brave fellow to pull that stunt! Not sure if I could do that...

3 years ago
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NudeInMA Snow is six inches and rising. I had to go out (nude of course) to brush the snow off of my Hughes dish. It's too soon!

3 years ago
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ManOfWicklow The snow may be coming too early, but you're not going to have a bad winter. So cheer up my friend.

3 years ago
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cocobolo Snow? Already? I'm still griping about the rain and wind here, but a good chunk of today was pretty nice, sun and almost no wind.

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Lilstones Oh No not Snow! I don't even want to think about it. Year ago it was an adventure... now is only seems to be more hard work...

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Lilstones "years ago" not year ago.

3 years ago
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cocobolo Yep, we know what you mean Lilstones...just like when I lived up in the Yukon 35 years ago. Now I don't even want to see any snow.

3 years ago
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NudeInMA At least a foot of that stuff. I'll measure it when I fire up the snowblower tomorrow (after mowing the lawn a week ago).

3 years ago
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NudeInMA As of 8 Oct 2011, there are 165 days till Spring!

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ManOfWicklow Yes, the shops will soon be stocking up with easter eggs.

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Berkshires Massachusetts, United States

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5'8"

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50 years

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About Me

I'm a senior citizen and happily retired, living alone and enjoying the opportunity for 24/7 nudity that it affords. Since I'm in a semi-rural area, the nude zone includes my property, weather permitting. Re my 50+ years of being a nudist, I include those years when circumstances didn't allow going au naturel despite longing for the opportunity. Being a naturist at heart is not as liberating as being one in the flesh, but the spirit remains strong. Finally, after 67 years of ''closet'' nudism, the opportunity arrived in July 2010 to do it for real. A few minutes after registering at BVR, the only question was, ''Why did you wait so long?'' The new way of life has begun.


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Naturism, politics, computers (I build my own), electronics, science, the paranormal and UFOs, amateur photography, and expensive toys for big boys :-)


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Primarily classical. My POV is that Mozart was the Gold Standard. Those other guys like Beethoven, Bach and Brahms did have their moments, but Wolfgang Amadeus was the nonpareil.


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CE3K and other good science-fiction, and any mindless, SFX-loaded, butt-kicking action flick with no ''message'', preferably starring Jason Statham. :-)


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Our men and women, former and active, in our armed services; our fine people who daily risk their lives in law enforcement and fire-fighting; and anyone who serves or helps his fellow man because it's the right thing to do.


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Life Modeling 101

Foreword

In the many months since I have been seriously investigating the prospect of testing the waters of nude "life modeling", I've been surfing through thousands of threads in the Figures forum of Wet Canvas and the various profiles on the DeviantArt site. Based on a shipload of posted drawings from the members, I've come to the conclusion that not all models are "hot". Most are real people with imperfect bodies and a full range of age, stature, body shape, etc.

One career male model in Rhode Island verified that impression in a PM. "Actually you might be very surprised to know that hot babes and buff dudes are few and far between in the world of life models. And you might also be surprised to know that teachers and students alike love senior citizens who model for their classes! That may be because we are responsible enough to actually show up and try hard to do a good job and also because, in my case, I have an interesting body to draw."

Thus there is no good reason to say, "No way!" As nudists, the thought of being nude (not naked) in front of a group of strangers at least the first time one poses for them should be at most a minor concern that will rapidly dissipate when one realizes that when the artists are working, the models are bowls of fruit with legs.

Life modeling isn't the proverbial "rocket science". There are no hours-long training courses, no diplomas, no degrees. Some model organizations do offer (and some require) a training and familiarization session in order to join them, but it's basic. Usually a new model's only introduction to life modeling is on-the-job training.

Be aware that with the exception of a small minority of career models, it is not is a reliable, steady source of income. For the vast majority of life models, it's an avocation, not a livelihood. It's part-time work to pick up a few extra bucks. And how many other jobs give you the opportunity to be paid for being nude?

For the newcomers to modeling and the wannabes (yours truly is still included in the latter), the following bullet items have been gleaned from extensive reading on numerous art sites.

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The Basics of Life Modeling

* Be on time for the session, on time meaning on the dais ready to go at the appointed time. Models who miss a session without the decency to notify the class or group and leave them in the lurch don't get booked again.

* Be well-rested. Life modeling is nowhere near as easy or effortless as it looks.

* Personal hygiene is paramount. Bathe before going to the job. As one site said, nothing is so unsettling as a piece of T-paper stuck to a model's aft cheek.

* Bring your own towels or linens. There is no guarantee that the furnishings are kept clean and sterile. We as nudists should do that automatically. As well, they add "drapery" to the setting, which many students and artists enjoy drawing or painting.

* Don't wear tight-fitting clothing for a couple of hours before the sitting. E.g., the elastic waistband of briefs or pants can leave a quite visible impression on the skin. Going commando, using suspenders for one's pants and wearing loose socks completely avoids textile tracks on the skin.

* Bring simple props if the class or studio doesn't provide them. A 4- to 6-foot pole can be invaluable for action poses, as well as serving as a support for standing poses, poses that might be a bit off-balance, arms-extended poses, etc. Many models bring rope that allows creating tension that enhances musculature (even old guys like to flex the pecs or do Charles Atlas poses).

* The Web is a great resource for pose suggestions, from the classical ones such as the Thinker, the Discus Thrower or the Dying Gaul to thousands of contemporary ones. Surfing through the Figure forum at WetCanvas will provide a veritable album of poses that were actually used during life drawing classes.

For those who are really serious, there is a five-book series called "Art Models 1" through "Art Models 5". They include hundreds of photographs and come with companion CDs with the poses in high-resolution photos viewed from many directions. There are also websites with tens of thousands of poses. They require subscriptions to access them, and some are expensive, but if they provide inspiration that leads to bookings, they are worth it.

One can of course modify any pose to suit the needs of a session. The familiar Thinker pose by Rodin, or the Flandrin pose, does not need to be replicated exactly. Variety is the spice of life ... and art.

* Be able to hold still for as much as 30 minutes, "still" meaning don't break or change the pose. Such things as sneezes, a quick movement to squelch an annoying itch (announce it beforehand it will be appreciated by the artists), involuntary muscular activity, etcetera are understood as long as the exact pose is resumed as quickly as possible. Do understand that after a time in one position, the human body tends to settle in, and this changes the pose without the model being aware of it. Even the pros experience it. Best bet: understand that it will happen and be ready for it.

* Have a retinue of poses on tap, and be creative. In classrooms, the instructor might ask for specific poses depending on what is being taught that day. In open studio sessions, the model is usually in charge of the poses. In either case, contacting the instructor or group leader ahead of time to ask what they will prefer or expect would be a professional approach.

* For older guys, remember that what might be fairly easy for a hard-bodied 20-something is beyond the physical capacity of the mature folks. As Harry Callahan said, "A man's got to know his limitations."

* A common recommendation for the gestures is to treat them as a dance or a performance, arranging them so that smooth transitions can be made between them. They can be based on a theme such as sports, or can use the pole as the prop for a variety of scenarios. The ones I've been practicing with a pole include showing by motions what the pole represents before freezing the pose.

* Test every pose for the expected time before using it. Save the exotic, strenuous or unnatural poses for the gestures. A pose that can be easily maintained for 30 seconds or a minute can become uncomfortable for 3 minutes, difficult for 5, painful for 10, and impossible for 20.

* If a pose proves to be unmaintainable indefinitely, request a break to recuperate and maybe discuss with the instructor a slight modification that can mean the difference between torment and mere discomfort. And if the instructor decides that he wants one of your gestures for an hour-long pose, discuss variations that would make it possible. It's your body. An hour kneeling with arms outstretched might make good art, but ...

* Timing of gestures (less than 3 minutes) can be done by the old "one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two" count method, and will give you something to do while waiting for the next pose change. However, bring a digital timer with an audible alert for longer poses. Don't count on the instructor or group leader to tell you when it's time for a break. The 20-minutes-between-breaks schedule can stretch to quite a bit longer.

* Old saying: be ready and you won't have to get ready. One can tell from the artists' reactions to poses what clicks with them and what will maintain their interest. A productive use of time in poses of 5 minutes or more is deciding on the fly what the next pose will be, rather than following a rote routine, and planning a smooth transition to the next pose. Sitting obliviously or watching the timer, and then deciding at the end of a pose what to do next is bound to create pressure and indecision.

* Another point on being ready: Even if you are not booked for the day, be prepared to accept a request from a class or group whose scheduled model is unavailable for whatever reason. If you are willing to be on call, it will make a very favorable impression on the instructors and artists who book models.

* Be professional, but don't assume that you will be treated professionally. Some artists can be dickheads when it comes to dealing with models as human beings. They fail to grasp that they might be the ones creating the art, but without the models they have no subject. Mutual respect between the artist and the model makes everything easier and more enjoyable. Artists who can't grasp that should be put on a model's "do not book" list.

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Tips For Being A Professional Life Model

* Change the direction you are facing, particulary in gestures and short poses, to give artists in all directions the opportunity to see all sides of you.

* Understand that if the classroom or studio is "in the round", with you in the middle, there are always people who will be facing your butt. Avoid poses that spread the cheeks and let the brown eye wink.

* Although some drawing group sites indicate that their models can talk during poses, the general rule is don't talk unless the instructor specifically asks a question. Class etiquette requires that only the instructor can talk to the model. Students cannot. As well, only the instructor can touch the model, and then only with permission, to point out lighting or shadow, a particular contour, et al. Good instructors will use a laser pointer to avoid any contact. Students never touch him, period.

* Don't make sustained eye contact with any of the artists. This is particularly applicable if they are students. You are posing nude in front of them, but they may never have seen a nude model before that day, and they might be quite uncomfortable. Eye contact could be unnerving or intimidating. IAC, it's easier to maintain head position by finding something on the wall or ceiling to look at and fixing one's gaze on it.

* Wear a robe and footwear when not on the dais. Barefoot is acceptable, but studio or art classroom floors can be filthy if not dangerous stray pushpins, Exacto blades, etc. Wandering around the studio or classroom naked is usually discouraged.

The prohibition is preposterous on its face, of course. The model has been posing nude in front of the artists and they have been staring at every square inch of his body. Yet there is supposedly something wrong with those same people enjoying a break from the session without a pretense of modesty and decorum.

When "the nude" under the lights becomes the "naked man" as soon as he steps off the platform, he is deemed less than a human being and becomes an object. The practice lends weight to the arguments by critics that nude figure art is indecent or smutty. Many experienced life models ignore that unwritten rule without a problem, but newcomers should play it safe.

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Know Your Rights.

* If in a classroom, you don't have to tolerate annoying talking, snide comments, or other disruptive behavior. Inform the instructor at the first opportunity and let him or her deal with the offenders on the spot.

* The doors should be closed and locked to prevent unexpected or unwanted visitors from strolling in and gawking. Feel free to put on the robe and demand that the intruders leave before you continue. If the instructor knows that, e.g., members of another art class might be stopping by, you should be informed and asked to give your approval for it.

* There should be no cameras in the room. If an artist or student wants a photo of your pose for further work on his/her masterpiece, it's your choice and ONLY your choice. One way to discourage photos is to demand photographic model rates for the pictures, which run two or three times higher than life model rates.

* Your working conditions are taxing enough without putting up with unnecessary hardships. The room temperature might be okay for clothed artists, but you're the one who is nude. If it's too cold, request a portable electric heater to take the chill off. Similarly, if it's too hot under the lights, a fan would make the session more comfortable. Do remember that fans will play havoc with drapery.

* What I would call the First Law of Life Modeling: you are doing something that 99% of the people who are drawing or painting you have never done and would never have the guts to do. Expect respect. Any drawing class or group worthy of the designation will give you that respect. If you don't get it, politely decline further bookings and tell them why.

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There are other considerations that affect life models, but the above are the principal rules of the life-modeling road, judging by how often they are repeated.

One way to prepare is to sit in on life drawing sessions, watching the models and learning from their performances. If you make it known that you are there as a prospective model, you may find yourself getting help that you didn't expect.

Lastly, if there is a group or organization near you that offers training sessions for prospective models, avail yourself of it. It won't be arduous and extensive, but it will give you an understanding of what goes on in the studio or classroom, and it will give you the opportunity to mount the dais and do a few poses.

The gist of it is that if you are professional, friendly, outgoing and cooperative, and you give the artists or students a challenging, enjoyable session, you'll most likely be invited back. You might also find yourself being recommended to other classes or groups.

You're a first timer only once. Make it count.




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