I did a little checking and found that OVER A DOZEN blogs have figure studies on them without that warning on them. Since I did not have Blogger contact me or anyone else contact me about my blog but chose to do this on my own (after reading Bruce McEvoy's blog and his comment on male anatomy being a no-no on the blogs). However, I have gone back to keeping my blog open to all. Why? Because, instead of the "warning" saying this blog contains adult content or nude figures it says
"Some readers of this blog have contacted Google because they believe this blog's content is objectionable."
And that is not true, as far as I know. It is just the warning label Google puts on the thing when you check that box that says there is Adult Content on the blog. I don't like that warning. And I'm not going to use it. If I went to a blog and saw this warning I might turn away, not knowing that it's just figure studies of the nude body we're talking about and not pornography (which shouldn't be on a blog anyway anyhow).
I think most artists will support me on this (and, in fact, they have!). And I think Blogger should get a different "warning" label than it is using.
In the meantime...here are the beginnings of 2 portraits I am working on for a WatercolorWorkshop group project titled "Paint a WcW Artist." We get to pick from the photos the artists have uploaded and choose anyone to paint. We've got some good looking people in our group and I chose these 2. No names yet. We'll see if the final looks enough like either one for the members to tell who it is.
The first one is more finished as of today. The second may take a while longer and I want to show her off in desert colors since she lives in the southwest.
I tried going back to my self-portrait but I think I've ruined it. I'll check later but it was making me soooo sad to paint it that I stopped, totally frustrated. I tell you, ladies, these hormones are making me crazy, sad, tired, achy, witchy, twitchy, angry, overly emotional, resentful, unrestful and everything else you can think of. And I am tired of waking up several times throughout the night, looking at the clock and knowing I'll be awake for another 1/2 hour to an hour before dozing off again. And if I'm going to continue to have strange, vivid dreams then I want them to be about flying or swimming in a river of turquoise with golden fish or walking in a forest of mistletoe and redwoods and moss that feels like sponges under my feet. There - I've put in my order and we'll see what comes up tonight :)