I am guessing it is because this is the most perfect and valued thing God has created. It is us, and in His image and it is life.
God created us without clothing (nude) and never meant us to ware any clothing from what I can tell. Clothing unrolled after the fall or expulsion from Eden is what we are told in Genesis. Before the supposed bite of apple, probably another fruit from the Tree of Knowledge, and we had no understanding that we where naked or nakedness existed before this.
But I choose to paint nudes not naked(s). Nudes are not naked but pure as God intended. At least this is my take. Yes painting a nude is probably the hardest thing to do well, or the greatest challenge. But for me it is more a reverence of the creators and this wonderful form we enjoy called life. Please don’t ever over look this.
A side note: I understand that in our culture naked has taken on a life of its own with what I would consider beyond the original intent or design. But please don’t confuse the initial innocence God intended. Even take a look at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel or visit an art museum if that is closer.
To the pure all things are pure. (Titus 1:15)
© 2011 Daryl Urig