Dare to bare? You bet!

For the past few weeks I have been out and about at Cobblers Beach, one of the most popular nude beaches in Australia.

Talking about freedom, I simply can not find any activities freer than that.

If you are a newcomer to this or someone who’s curious and wanting to try, my advice is: Don’t be too self conscious. No one is staring at you, no one is thinking of you and no one is laughing at you.

When you set foot in this beautiful, secluded cove surrounded by bush inside Sydney Harbour National Park, you will sense a nice and relaxing feel to it. People are just happy to go about their own business – skinny dipping, sunbathing, soaking up the atmosphere. No one is interested in judging you. They don’t care if you are in the nude or not. The choice is yours. It’s a friendly community around here.

Look around, you will notice people with various body types and skin tones. We all have our own unique set of DNA. As we go through each stage of life, our body changes, we grow into different shapes and sizes as a result. Being in a place like this, it’s about celebrating who you are, accepting yourself and being comfortable in your own skin.

In art form, to become an aspiring artist, learning to master figure drawing or life drawing is essential. When I started to draw self portraits around 6 months ago, I knew sooner or later I would have to tackle this area – human anatomy. I see it as an important step in upskilling and improving my drawing techniques if I want to take it to the next level.

In the process, it led me to appreciate the aesthetic structure and complexity of human body. Think about drawing a number of body gestures and movements, to be able to keep everything in proportion and bring it to life on paper, it requires a sharp eye, a kind heart and a steady hand. It’s an art!

Facing your nude self is facing your true self. Every day after having a shower, I will stand naked in front of the mirror. As I look at my own reflection from head to toe, I then start saying those three words “I love you” five times. It’s not kinky or odd to show some self love and support this way. When you see the truth in nudity, you know the body we were born with is really the one and only…

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