Monday, April 20, 2009
The Legend of Ondine
Life Drawing is truly a synergy of artistic energy, akin to jazz, or dance improvised to live music. When a model is involved, the art is no longer solely about the artist and their own interpretation; the finale product results from the work and inspirations of two separate individuals--artist and model.
Our model, on this day was ill. Likely, she should have stayed home, she was having trouble breathing and couldn't talk, but made her best effort. For the long pose she was given clear instructions to chose a comfortable reclining pose, but instead she chose this one. Even after being given every chance to change the pose, she insisted on holding it. It was obviously difficult for her and occasionally she had trouble catching enough breath as she panted mouth open. While at first I reacted fully and truly as a decent human being, and worried about her, thinking she should change her pose, the artist took over and became completely caught up in the 'story' that her physically vulnerable state implied. Her pose and her breathing brought to mind the legend of Ondine, a tragic story of a water spirit that gives up her immortality for a human lover and as she begins to age, he loses interest in her and betrays her. I felt like a voyeur in that while I should have felt nothing but sympathy for her discomforts, instead I took full advantage of the situation and used it to create an (I hope) evocative drawing. Much credit for this one must be given to the model. It was a beautiful pose full of possibilities.
Image: 9x12 cream canson paper, coloured pencils