Thursday, February 25, 2010


Ciprian Julei (Phanteras)

Selected by UK photographer Jan Murphy, published in Carrie Leigh's NUDE Summer 2009. Thank you so much, Jan!

ART / La Menara, Marrakech

by photographer Denis Saint Clair

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

NUDE Magazine Flashback - Nick Ash

With the permission of Carrie Leigh and the amazing people over at NUDE Magazine, I am going to be, here and there, displaying some of my favorite features from past issues of NUDE Magazine.

I am going to start with probably one of my all time favorite features, from the Winter 2007 issue, Nick Ash.

This shoot is in a lot of ways very near and dear to my heart because I myself am a closet conservationist. It is sad for me to see the impact of our "civilization" on the world ecology. From the poisoning of our air and water to the extinction and near extinction of so many species of animals. From the refuse that floats in the middle of the ocean like some island made from our garbage, to the receding glaciers which do more than most really understand to protect our environment that we need to live.

Nick Ash went up to Alaska and shot with models on some glaciers and came back with not only beautiful photos of models, but exquisite photos of nature. --Joel

Ice Cold Nudes On Alaskan Glaciers

by Nick Ash

For some time I have had a vision of shooting art nudes on glaciers. It seemed though to be a daunting task given the extreme elements that support the existence of glaciers and the obvious challenges that would need to be overcome. And given that, how would I make the nude blend into this frigid environment in a natural and aesthetic way? It is very important to me that the final image is striking and pleasing to myself and others.

Alaska is the most beautiful, extremely wild, unpopulated and unspoiled place. It is home to some 100,000 glaciers and much wildlife. It pains me to think of these beautiful glacial formations disappearing out of existence through global warming.

To the inexperienced, careless and unsuspecting, Alaska can be very dangerous. The bookstores in Alaska are full of books chronicling all the deaths and maimings that have occurred over it's history to those that disrespect it's ever-changing temperament. Glaciers are no exception. They are constantly on the move, groaning under foot, dropping huge chunks of ice, and opening new crevasses.

Initially, this trip was to be an exploration trip for coming back in the summer with models. As it turned out though, I did find a suitable glacier and a couple of willing models, Tamara and Eileen that really wanted to participate in this project.

Both of them took to the ice with ease and they did not seem to look or feel out of place in this environment. They were cold for sure, however, the fact that it was a sunny day and there was little to no wind is what made it possible. Remarkably, the sensuous shapes and forms of the ice, blended and mimicked with the sensuous curves of the body in a striking and unusual way.

Our time was not without surprises, incidents, or the element of danger. One such incident occurred after placing Tamara on what I thought was a solid piece of ice with a river running around it. Well actually it turned out to be a small iceberg that was floating freely. Much to my surprise, it started moving away with her on it!

On another occasion, Tamara lost her grip in the ice and fell into a crevasse. I managed to catch her on the way down and only just held enough grip on the ice myself to get her out. It would have been a serious situation , since the crevasse was quite deep and narrow and would have adequately jammed a body between it's icy walls. Now that would have been quite a find for some future archeologist!


See more of the amazing work of Nick Ash at:

Buy this issue while there are still a few issues left at Carrie Leigh's NUDE

Monday, February 22, 2010

NEWS / Carrie Leigh's Chicago Gallery Opening

Carrie Leigh at the opening Feb. 13 of her Chicago gallery show Femme Divine.
Photo by Peter Le Grand, Carrie's official photographer for the show

MUSIC / Just Like A Woman, Bob Dylan

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Jan Murphy
"Dance to Freedom - Bridge"
Art Model and Dancer Jade Brennan

Writer and art model Unbearable Lightness, featured in the Winter 2010 issue of Carrie Leigh's NUDE, selected this image. The Winter 2010 issue will be distributed this week!!!

ART / Hervé Baudat: Under the Glow

A view of Venice by Hervé Baudat

"Toujours la sensation étrange que ces rues n’allaient pas tarder à s’engloutir dans l’obscurité, s’enfonceraient dans les marécages sur lesquelles elles avaient été construites."

"There is always the strange sensation that these streets will hasten to swallow up themselves into obscurity, will sink themselves in the marshes on which they had been constructed."
~ HB

ART / Snow in France


Snowscapes from France by photographer
Lionel Bournon

The artist: Lionel Bournon

Thursday, February 18, 2010


"Sommerregen (Summer Rain)"
Self portrait by Blacklillyflower

Selected by UK photographer Jan Murphy, published in Carrie Leigh's NUDE Summer 2009

Monday, February 15, 2010


by David Charles
"Touch of Morning Sun"
Art Model Muse

Selected by New Orleans photographer Michael Siu, published in the Spring and Summer 2009 issues of Carrie Leigh's NUDE art quarterly.

P.S. The Winter 2010 issue of Carrie Leigh's NUDE art quarterly is still at the special pre-sale price of $9.95 delivered to your door (U.S. only) at

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Another look at Franchesco!

One of the most amazing things I have been able to do with my association with Carrie Leigh, and NUDE magazine, is introduce to them the idea that within an industry such as "comic books", are pearls of talent that can be appreciated beyond their field. So I began introducing Carrie to different illustrators and comic book artists. For the Spring 2009 issue, Carrie chose one. (Just happened to be one of my favorites).


Franchesco! himself has told me of the great response he has gotten from his appearance in the magazine. I think it is an amazing step in exposing some of the great talents that exist in what many consider to be a "low brow" art form, having had him in the magazine. Europeans, especially the french, say that Comic books and Jazz are the only truely American art forms.

Franchesco! has recently posted on his Deviantart page "Precious Pearls". I thought it would be nice to show here since he is now a published NUDE Magazine artist.

See more of the work of Franchesco! on his website and his deviantart page.


PS.. Carrie has let me know that for the Winter 2009 NUDE Magazine online price, is going to stay at the low presale prices. Take advantage and save some money and order yours online today

PSS... If you were here looking for my (Joel's) latest work, it is on my drawing a day blog.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


"The Swing"
by Mastertouch

Selected by photographer Wendy Levin, an artist featured in the Winter 2010 issue of
Carrie Leigh's NUDE

Monday, February 8, 2010


by BeauEromantica
"New Life"

International Art Nude Model "Dollybeck"

Selected by UK photographer Jan Murphy, featured in Nude Around the World, Summer 2009 issue of Carrie Leigh's NUDE.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

NUDE Presales end this weekend

Feb 7 is the last day to order the new Winter 2010 issue of Carrie Leigh's NUDE Magazine at the special pre-order discounts. NUDE sells out fast in the stores, don't miss out on this amazing issue!

Preview the issue HERE

Friday, February 5, 2010

Premiere: THE POST

"After You Left"
by Devllaa

Welcome to the premiere of a new feature on our blog - The Post. Twice a week we will feature a beautiful photograph, drawing, or painting to honor women in art.

Writer and art model Unbearable Lightness selected this image after searching the Web for an outstanding photograph taken by a woman photographer. Unbearable Lightness is featured in the Winter 2010 issue of Carrie Leigh's NUDE.

Reader response is VERY encouraged. You may comment below!

Monday, February 1, 2010


Time is running out for pre-ordering the Winter 2010 issue of Carrie Leigh's NUDE. I have just seen the new issue. (I get to see it digitally because I put up the previews on the website), and it is another beautiful publication.

The previews went up today on the "issues" page. Click on the cover to see the preview. If it does not take you there right away, you may have to refresh your browser.
Pre-orders end this coming Sunday. I can't tell you how many time I have friends calling me asking to see if I can get them a copy of the magazine because they got to the stands too late and they were sold out. I don't have them other than what I may buy myself when the come out, so I tell them they better pre-order, or better yet, subscribe and really save some money.