Viola, (figure drawing from live model) on A4 heavy paper in sepia coloured pencil.
In the Limelight, (figure drawing, life drawing) on 9x12 pastel paper.
After a long hiatus, I’m back at life drawing again. Not just figure drawing, but drawing from a live modelling session. The dynamics are so different. This year I'll be working in standard sizes, 9x12 or under because I’m tired of accumulating reams of large un-shippable art. 9x12 and under can be mailed via lettermail and Canada Post does a good job with this, and there is standard pricing for Canada, USA, and International. Another way the online universe can shift art and the artist. In my case, I have a marked preference for small format art, so I perhaps am using it as excuse to do what comes naturally. That said, I had been working in larger sizes, partially to prove that I could, and the only real draw back is storage and shipping…so will be keeping things small this year.
The irony of it all, is that the Latcham Gallery now has kindly included horses (these are benches that you straddle to accommodate artists using very large boards). I tried attaching my 9x12 to a big board, but my shoulder got sore, so I put my pad down between my knees and propped up on a pencil box. That worked fabulous. In fact, the more upright posture for my back, and dropped shoulders helped me stay awake and comfortable, so I’ll be doing that again.
I will still have to hit the books occasionally, though, as I saw the model roster, and of 10 sessions, only 1 male model is booked, so I will need photo reference if I want to do male nudes. I miss Greg. Really really miss Greg. Greg, if you’re out there, please come back. We old ladies can be a bit prudish but really do appreciate a good model (sigh). Long story there if you can read between the lines. We sadly lack male models right now.
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