Thursday, February 19, 2009
Life Drawing at Latcham Gallery
Here's last Tuesdays piece. It took me awhile but I decided she is finished. The model, once again, was absolutely wonderful. She did her best to chose interesting poses and I think this one may have been painful as she needed to do much stretching during breaks. The pillow was leaned up against a box that kept sliding away but she was determined to hold the pose for us. That could not have been comfortable or easy. I have a great deal of admiration for the models (and I think most artists do) and am grateful of the work that they do. While I've considered (yes I have) doing this myself, I know I couldn't a) take the pain nor be b)get over being embarrassed about my body, so I'll just have to celebrate what they do with my art. I wish I wasn't so darned shy, because the other artists don't leave without saying a personal thank you. I just smile and nod.
PS. Hope I haven't offended anybody with the very minor nudity. My censor guide is as follows: would I be embarrassed to be seen viewing this in the public library? I use library computers, so I know what it is like. All sorts of people of all ages walk by while I'm there. I still can't get over the guy who spent an hour looking at pin-up girls (they were dressed in bikinis). While there was nothing obscene about the pics, you would think he'd be just a little self-conscious??? I kept thinking, 'wow, this guy must be lonely!!!'
PPS. It seems I'm not the only artist struggling with the issue of the appropriateness of nudity. For a more serious and philosophical discussion of the subject check out Visioneer Windows take on the matter.
Image: 10" x 13" 90lb watercolour paper, acrylic gel medium, acrylic paint, pastel, pencil crayon. I prepared the page in advance, stretching the paper, and painting with a mix of gel medium and ochre & burnt umber paint. I sketched in brown pencil, and then finished with oil pastel.