Models and Muses

Beauty inspires me.

I’m pretty sure I’ve posted on that a time or two. And I know I’ve declared as well that if I ever found anything more beautiful than beautiful women, that I would paint that…

In Celebration of Models and Muses

Well, I still haven’t found anything that inspires me to spend my days (and nights) at the easel like the female figure and the infinite possibilities with art. That beauty that inspired me to focus my creative energies towards figurative art a decade ago still inspires me today. In celebration of that, I want to take a moment and pay tribute to the beautiful models and muses who have inspired my art. Hard to believe sometimes that 2014 marks a dozen years of figurative paintings for me. Often, it feels like I’m just getting started.

A.D. with ARDOR featuring Liz Ashley 2007

My celebration of beauty is expressed through sensual large-scale original figurative art nudes on canvas and metal created to honor the grace, beauty, and complexity of the female spirit.

I enjoy working with creative and innovative muses to inspire new art and value their contribution to the development of dynamic art.

Over the past decade, I’ve created a lot of figurative artworks and I’m privileged to have worked with some very inspiring and beautiful models and muses. Occasionally, I’ve had the pleasure of working with some models multiple times. It’s always fascinating seeing them grow over the years. Time tells a story but makes them no less beautiful in its telling.

ENCORE featuring Jess Robinson  >  also inspired  Premier | Anthem | Infinity

What do you get when you take over an airplane hanger, add a couple of Lamborghini exotics, and a beautiful muse for a day? Watch my creative process from my photoshoot with the stunning Jess Robinson through the creation of the completed “Anthem” painting here and find out.

View “Anthem” painting – 48″ x 36″

Working with A.D. was wonderful! He has great vision and I enjoyed being part of his art. I hope to continue working with A.D. for a long long time.

— Jess Robinson

Models are about beauty. Muses inspire. Each brings something different to the story, the experience, and ultimately, the art. Some are professional models who have traveled the world and some model locally for passion. With some, modeling is their art – their expression. Some are famous – others not so much. It doesn’t matter. True beauty will surface. In the end, what matters is the art. For me, the variety of models and muses is a big part of my art. I want to keep my art fascinating and intriguing. And I like variety so I create in different mediums mixing it up between painting, drawing, and sculpting mostly. After all, no two people are the same. Women are uniquely different, so the mediums and styles of my art should reflect both my vision and the soul, or feelings I get from the muse within.

Jessi-June-in-the-StudioIn the studio with Model Jessi June  >  Beaujolais

Creative energy exchanges happen when everyone is just having fun. My paintings usually take me a while to paint so I typically work with models first as a photographer/artist. I start with a photo session and then use my images as a reference for my art. A great photo session lays the foundation for great art. Sometimes, the photos are themselves art. After all, anyone can sit naked in a chair. A great muse can make an ugly chair amazing.

BEAUJOLAIS featuring Jessi June, original art on metal

Jessi June made the chair look great the day I shot her for Beaujolais, my larger-than-life creation on metal.

BACKDRAFT featuring Lynsey 2004

When I’ve experienced a great photo session with a talented muse, magic happens. Occasionally, a phenomenal creative energy exchange resulting in multiple artworks created over the years of painting. That’s happened with a small group of muses that I have painted multiple times. My most painted model, I’ve painted muse Lynsey several times, first in 2004 ( Backdraft ), and most recently in 2012 ( Nirvana ). My other eight paintings of her are >  Eclipse | Repose | Brooklyn | Lynsey | Waiting | Spring and Catching Wind.

Lux-Nev-1LUX LADY ~ NEV 1 featuring NevaehLleh  >  also inspired  Nyx | Lux Lady ~ Nev 2 | Blue Moon and Marquee

 The world’s biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman.

— Chanakya

Most people have no idea how hard it is to be a great model. I know. I’ve met a lot of them over the years. The good ones are professionals that work hard to perfect their look. They show up on time, work hard, and they work all the time. And we all know it’s not easy being beautiful. Kudos to you ladies.

LUXE featuring Liz Ashley

In celebration, the Model Directory has been organized and updated so it’s easier now to find artworks listed by model. So, if you’d like to see all the paintings featuring Liz Ashley (for example), just find her in the list and you can view each of my artworks featuring her >>> Liz Ashley  >  Truth | Ascendant | Ardor | Luxe | Gaia | Bliss

Lotus - graphite figurative art by A.D. CookLOTUS  featuring Robin. 2014

The Model Directory will continually be updated as new art is created. As I move forward with my passion to celebrate life and love through powerful art, I can only imagine what lies ahead. The only thing I really know for certain is where I find my inspiration. I find myself compelled to widen my view on models. For example, newer works include models with tattoos. That artistry in ink tells a story. I’m excited to share those stories through powerful art with you here.

Artist A.D. Cook with MUSE featuring Victoria Anisova, 2004 — she also inspired Bon Vivant and Solace.

To the beautiful muses who inspired my vision,
I extend my heartfelt appreciation.
Without you, there would be no art.

 — A.D. Cook, figurative artist

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Click here to visit my Model Directory of beautiful models and muses who have inspired my art, along with links to their respective artworks.

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