Dolly Diesel

Dolly Diesel
36 in x 48 in
Oil and Graphite on Canvas

This painting was done in a studio class with a model. The graphite drawing was done first and because the pose was rather ungainly or, should I say pornographic, I decided to turn the drawing's lower half into an entirely made up engine of sorts. I didn't have any of my engine photos in my possession at the time so I had to ad lib, so to speak. I didn't choose this pose. When we arrived in class, we chose an easel and set up our painting materials. It wasn't till the model was set up that wherever our easels were….that was the pose we had to use. [/ALIGN]

Dolley Diesel detail

As far as the detail is concerned, I used my own hand as the source as I no longer was attending the studio class and didn't have the model in front of me. That was the actual pose of the model's hand but I chose to use the details of my own to refine it instead. [/ALIGN]

I have mixed emotions about this painting. Sometimes I like it, sometimes not. I DO feel I could add more to it, such as define some of the engine parts more to make them look more real rather than made up. The times I don't like it are when I remember that the model's pose was set up purposefully in my general direction. I know this for a fact and it is rather unsettling. She never cared what pose the teacher put her in. It was just work to her but she was a very good model. She held the pose for 30 minutes at a time and never moved. This model in particular was 6'1", very tall for a female, with a very classic Grecian profile. [/ALIGN]

I apologize because neither of these is a good photo. They seem blurry and there are white specks that I can't get rid of.

About pam

I am retired from real 9 to 5 jobs. I do my artwork and occasionally write poetry. In September 2010, I moved to Fargo, ND after spending 60 years in Phoenix, Arizona. Now, five years later, July 2015, I'm back in Arizona. And yes, I love the heat!
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32 Responses to Dolly Diesel

  1. Dacotah says:


  2. ricewood says:

    For some strange reason, the machinery kind of makes the pose even more, let's say adult. Nevertheless a great result. I am very interested in the collision between the distinct feminine and the diesel-oozing masculine machines.

  3. PainterWoman says:

    Allan, you're right. When I brought the completed drawing home, I thought 'now what am I going to do with this!' since my drawings are pretty detailed. I went to one more studio class with the canvas and just stood there for a few minutes. I was very annoyed, then took some dark bluish black paint and painted a rectangle on the most revealing part of her anatomy. Then I left the classroom briefly, came back, then started painting a bunch of other shapes and colors on it that eventually turned into an abstracted engine. As to the 'collision'….hmmmmm….good thought and very interesting. I'll have to think about it. Possibly the teacher himself represents the engine. Carol, thank you for visiting.

  4. gdare says:

    Your art is sometimes confusing to me. I needed to look at this one several times to understand what I see. If you haven`t said it is woman, I could tell it by her hand, but I needed to look again to see the rest of the body… or some parts of it.I don`t know much about the art so I will just follow comments from now on πŸ˜€

  5. L2D2 says:

    I, too wondered why the mechanical components. Very interesting….wondering what was going thru your subconscious mind? As always, I love your use of color.

  6. PainterWoman says:

    Linda and Darko, I could have painted the drawing as it was but the pose was far too graphic for me. One of her legs was up and spread out exposing her private parts to the max. Had I been the model, I would have said no to this pose because she has the right to do that. I've modeled before but never nude but I know you can nix a pose if you want to. Nude paintings are beautiful, however, if they are in certain poses, they are more pornographic to me and not so beautiful. They are done for shock value or to arouse and that isn't what I want. I want people to wonder. As to the mechanical parts…..hmmmmm…..I suppose I could have covered areas with leaves, flowers, or what have you….but…I think I was angry at the time (at the teacher) so I used the mechanical parts. This is good for me to put up my artwork because I like hearing what other people see and think about it. Plus it makes me really think and try to remember what was in my head at the time.

  7. AOTEAROAnz says:

    I love it Pamela, gosh you're good. Love your work. Love the composition.Thanks!

  8. ellinidata says:

    was that a way for the artist in you to be heard in a man's world?somehow I see an expression of frustration and an addition to an inner power with the masculine side that comes from the surroundings!!a bike in this case.I also feel strongly the use of red! power in a tube of color …….. :heart:

  9. PainterWoman says:

    "was that a way for the artist in you to be heard in a man's world?"You might be right Angeliki. I might have been thinking that subconsciously. The red for me means anger.

  10. PainterWoman says:

    Henry, thank you. Glad to see you out and about.

  11. ricewood says:

    Seems to me that you have proved the quote in your blog-header right with your painting.

  12. PainterWoman says:

    Glenyce, thank you. Funny thing is, I learn something new every time I post one of my paintings.

  13. PainterWoman says:

    By golly, you're right Allan. I love that quote. It fits me to a 'T'.

  14. PainterWoman says:

    Carlos!:eyes: You should start painting! I found all those things you were seeing except for the bottle of water. Now the thought of me subconsciously painting in a chainsaw worries me a bit. :eyes: Yes, that hand is painted. I wanted to put a small part of me in it. I had thought of changing it completely and redrawing it to make it look like it was saying 'stop' but decided not to. The model's head, breasts and other hand I left in the drawn stage and covered up the rest of her body with random color and shapes. I still might do something else to this cuz I'm not completely happy with it.

  15. Suntana says:

    Engine parts? Are you sure? I'm seeing OTHER things. πŸ˜€ Yep, just like that other painting of yours. Let's see … I am seeing a little Accordion, a Blanket, a Chainsaw, a huge slice of Watermelon and a bottle of Water.Question: The Model's Left hand, is THAT the one you used your hand as as the source? What I'm asking is, is that hand painted? It looks so real. I kept think, "Is that Pam's real hand that she Photoshopped in there … or did she actually PAINT that hand?"

  16. Suntana says:

    The water bottle that I'm seeing is to the upper right of the little accordion and blanket. It's not a small personal-sized water bottle. It's closer to the big water bottles that go on top of water dispensers. It's lying on its side with the top towards us.Maybe you had just recently seen the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie. Or maybe there's a tree in your property or neighborhood that's been bugging you and so cutting it down was in your mind. And so a Chainsaw subconsciously came out in your brush strokes.

  17. Suntana says:

    Heyyy, we're thinking alike again. I actually DID think of suggesting that maybe you wanted to go after the teacher with the Chainsaw for purposely putting you in the "unsettling" and uncomfortable predicament of a situation. True, you say you as well as everyone else chose your locations / viewpoint, but if I understand correctly, your teacher knowingly had a hand in twisting the screws on you. I gather that he somehow actually got a kick out of making you sweat and probably not breathe during your entire painting session by going, "Heh Heh Heh! I think I'll have some fun. I'll torture Pam." Then he instructed the Model to pose a certain way.So yes, I thought about suggesting you wanted revenge on the teacher, but I didn't know if my suggestion would be too brutal and backfire on me. πŸ˜† So, I kept it under wraps … and then YOU suggest it. :insane: πŸ˜€

  18. PainterWoman says:

    Ok, got the big water bottle now.Heavens no I would never have seen one of those Chainsaw movies. It would scare the bejeebers out of me and give me nightmares. But I DO see something that looks like a chainsaw. Maybe I wanted to go after the teacher and scare him a little…..or alot. All the shapes were actually parts of a diesel engine that I could sort of remember but just exaggerated them and connected them any which way. It was later that I found my engine photos and put a little more detail on some of the shapes. This is what I'm thinking of doing more of…. adding a bit more detail on those engine parts. I was even thinking of painting in the other hand. We shall see.

  19. PainterWoman says:

    You are exactly right.

  20. Suntana says:

    Okay, Pam, so how does that work? How much leeway did y'all as Art students have? Where is the line drawn? You obviously didn't paint entirely what was there. πŸ˜† So, what kind of a grade do you get for deviating and improvising THAT much? I mean, what if you had painted just her head and below that … Garfield's body and a bowl of lasagna? At what point does the teacher go, "Okay, this is NOT what's in front of you. You went overboard on the Freestyling. You get a Zero." :yikes:

  21. PainterWoman says:

    πŸ˜† I signed up for the 'studio' section which meant I'd already taken all the prerequisites (drawing and painting 101 to 104, and Advanced) and I could do anything I wanted. I could have audited it and not get a grade but it costs more money. I always got an A. Since I had a large canvas, I didn't want to just do her head and shoulders so I went ahead and drew everything. I've got a bunch of these drawings on canvas with the intention of doing something to them. Hmmmmm….Garfield's body. You've given me an idea cuz I've got several photos of the teacher.:devil:

  22. PainterWoman says:

    I just might!:p

  23. L2D2 says:

    Serve that pervert right, Pam. Do it!

  24. L2D2 says:


  25. wickedlizard says:

    that's pretty cool! I love it! πŸ˜€

  26. PainterWoman says:

    Linda, I sorta already had closure with the poems I wrote and posted last year. Just this morning I wrote another one yet I think it'd be called blank verse because nothing rhymes. It's just sort of random thoughts but it's rather long. Not sure if I'll post it or not. But I think I'll still do a couple of paintings of him. Issy, thank you. So glad you liked it.

  27. wickedlizard says:


  28. Suntana says:

    I forgot to mention, Pam. I also see an upsidedown Face / Head of The Fly. Yes, you know … the creature from the movie The Fly. It's at the very bottom of the painting. Is THAT what you also wanted to do? You wanted to turn your teacher into The Fly? :eyes:

  29. edwardpiercy says:

    Well that's one very hot distributor cap, I'll say that.The hand looks real. I thought at first that someone had stuck their hand through a hole in the painting it looks so real.:up: :up:

  30. PainterWoman says:

    Good, I really wanted the hand to look real but I'm confused…..which part is the distributor cap?

  31. edwardpiercy says:

    The distributor cap is the thing to the right of the whatchamacallit and just under the thingamabob.

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