Your Body Vanishes

When you are nude but totally covered in paint, are you still naked?

What stirs a woman to become her own art canvas? It seems to be on a lot of women’s bucket lists, those “ I just gotta do this before I die!” checklists. For some, it’s a painless way to have a temporary tattoo. For anyone it is an exciting adventure.

Becoming your own fine art piece is appealing for many. The artwork, inspired and influenced, often totally directed by you transforms your body into the most personal canvas. Your female form remains the shape, the background of the piece. That alone makes it distinctively you.

But what covers you becomes this intimate expression, like someone has dipped a brush into your dreams, your subconscious, to pull out this defining slice of your persona.

068 X1059A27-077Yes, your body vanishes, but it remains the undercurrent to what is always a very personal piece of art. You become a truly one-of-a-kind piece.

An interior designer came in recently. She was decorating her personal space, a room that would express herself, inspire her and challenge her. She was riveted by the idea of her painted body becoming the focal point of the room, something that could do all of that at once. Her abstract body art achieved just that.

One of my favorite body painted clients loved books and symbols. She lived between the pages of books, the stories that thrilled her. Her initial idea was to have a book fanning open with characters slipping out of the pages. In the hands of Lucie the idea grew into the characters coming to life all over her body. She had penguins on an iceberg on her foot, a wolf howling at the moon on one bum cheek, fairies danced on her collarbones. Springing from the pages of her favourite Harry Potter books were the very characters that enriched those tales.

Sometimes it’s simple art, something for fun. Lisa was amused at her friend’s frustration with not being able to bring home this silver cat sculpture. So she had herself created as the silver sculpture. Covered totally in shiny silver body paint, her nude figure became the silver cat sculpture he had to leave behind.

068 4394D-0125CK-saturation topez bizAny shape will work too. Carol’s figure had not fully bounced back from having kids, but her love of the deep blue sea made her figure perfect for a painting that showed both the underwater world and an island with a sky.

Patience is needed. Your body does not disappear in the blink of an eye; like all art it takes time. Usually 2 to 3 hours. It remains exciting to watch your body vanish though.

If you think you might like to do this we have an amazing special offer – the Body Painting Special. Does being body painted excite you enough desire it so strongly it should be on your bucket list?

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Do you think a painted naked body is still a nude?

Posted by: Mark Laurie

World-renown photoartist Mark Laurie of Inner Spirit Photography specializes in Female Portraiture: nudes, boudoir, prenatal & fine art. His empowering images of women reveal their heart & soul.