Venus de Milo inspired by Woodie

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Single unglazed Red Clay nude figure made at evening class, Killingworth, Newcastle upon Tyne over 25 years ago. I rubbed green and brown acrylic paint over clay after firing for a bronze patina effect.
Featured in Art at its Best, 28 July 2012

The Aphrodite of Milos (Greek), better known as the Venus de Milo, is an ancient Greek statue and one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture. Created at some time between 130 and 100 BC, it is believed to depict Aphrodite (called Venus by the Romans), the Greek goddess of love and beauty. It is a marble sculpture, slightly larger than life size at 203 cm (6.7 ft) high. Its arms and original plinth have been lost. This contributed to the mystery of the sculpture. From an inscription that was on its plinth, it is thought to be the work of Alexandros of Antioch; it was earlier mistakenly attributed to the master sculptor Praxiteles. It is at present on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris.


clay, figure, nude, woodie, bronze, patina

My main interest is painting Aviation Art.
I get a lot of enjoyment researching the historical background behind the picture I’ve been commissioned to paint.
I work in acrylic on my big paintings on canvas board but use water colors, pastels, soft and oil, for smaller pieces.
I also enjoy doing pet portraits in soft pastels on tinted paper, from photographs. Ideal presents for Xmas and birthdays.

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  • marshall calvert  IPA
    marshall calve...over 6 years ago

    I would love this at home (wife allowing) I feel your multi images are a lot stronger bringing out your creativity

  • Do you mean a real live ideal woman version, all the essentials but doesn’t eat, talk, need clothes or shoes!!! LOL
    Cheers Neil
    PS Mrs Marshall, I’m only joking.

    – Woodie

  • cheetaah
    cheetaahover 6 years ago

    Yep this is great, I like this one now better than the other, but the other are great too.

  • Thomas Josiah Chappelle
    Thomas Josiah ...over 6 years ago

    ….soon you will have mastered the whole form, breathe the ‘breathe o’ life in her nostrils….just make sure she don’t eat from the same tree Eve did ! =[ ;-)

  • Walter Colvin
    Walter Colvinover 6 years ago

    very nice woodi

  • Estelle O'Brien
    Estelle O'Brienover 6 years ago

    how beautiful!

  • Brian Towers
    Brian Towersover 6 years ago

    This lady doesn’t bite, scratch or kick, which perhaps makes her seem even more beautiful. The anatomy looks just right Neil.

  • Brian, You forgot, she doesn’t talk/nag you!! LOL

    – Woodie

  • PhotogeniquE IPA
    PhotogeniquE IPAover 6 years ago

    very strong sculpture. Could be a bronze!

  • Hi PG,
    I rubbed green and brown acrylic paint over clay after firing for a bronze effect.

    – Woodie

  • marshall calvert  IPA
    marshall calve...over 6 years ago

    thanks neil you maybe right

  • foreverfemale
    foreverfemaleover 6 years ago

    beautiful work on this!

  • aRae
    aRaealmost 6 years ago

    ummmm realy nice…

  • Your work reminded me of this piece I did at evening classes in the 70/80s.
    Cheers Neil

    – Woodie

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