Modelling During the Snowstorm

•January 27, 2016 • Leave a Comment

During the recent blizzard, Minerva’s Drawing Studio at 293 Broome St. was open although not many people could make it. I was the only artist on Saturday morning but the model was on time and made the effort so hats off to Michael. The afternoon session had 4 artists but was cut short by the city closing down. I was scheduled as the model for the evening session, and I posed for an very appreciative crowd!
minervas studio saturday small

The End of an Era and Moving on to Something New

•December 16, 2015 • Leave a Comment

It was with great nostalgia that I went to the last session at Spring Studio at 64 Spring Street. It was jammed with artists from all over the world and spirits were very high. The basement space has been a constant force in my art and life, not to mention the artistic community here in New York for 24 years. The director, Minerva Durham will continue on in a new space for Spring Studio at 293 Broome St. and it will open as “Minerva’s Interim Studio” on January 3rd. Minerva will continue on, providing inspiration and education to all. The first model I drew there was Shifra and the last was Kuan. There were literally hundreds in between and I am thankful to all of them. Here are a drawing of Shifra(I don’t know the date, probably around 2005) and one of Kuan, the very last drawing at Spring St.

Shifra, charcoal on newsprint 24x18,early 2000s

Shifra, charcoal on newsprint 24×18,early 2000s

Kuan, Last drawing at Spring St. charcoal , 18x24, Dec 14, 2015

Kuan, Last drawing at Spring St. charcoal , 18×24,
Dec 14, 2015

How to get there:

New Location of Studio

New Location of Studio


To get to the new studio:
Subways

B, D at Grand St under 500 feet

J, Z at Bowery 0.1 miles

F, J, M, Z at Delancey St-Essex St 0.3 miles

6 at Spring St 0.4 miles

F at 2nd Av 0.4 miles

Fast, Slow, Thin and Heavy – Life

•November 4, 2015 • 1 Comment

From 5 to 40 minutes, from 98 to 260 pounds, from last week at Spring Studio

Ellen Crouching, 18x24 pastel and charcoal on newprint

Ellen Crouching, 18×24 pastel and charcoal on newprint

Barbara Lee, 24x18 pastel and charcoal on newprint

Barbara Lee, 24×18 pastel and charcoal on newprint

Maria on Blue, 18x24 pastel and charcoal

Maria on Blue, 18×24 pastel and charcoal

Maria on a Stool, 18x24 , charcoal

Maria on a Stool, 18×24 , charcoal

And now for something completely different…

•October 31, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Recently thrown ceramics, and no nudes!

Alberta Rutile Blue on white clay, 5x7x5 in.

Alberta Rutile Blue on white clay, 5x7x5 in.

Greenish on white clay, 5x5x5 in.

Greenish on white clay, 5x5x5 in.

Sculpture – Another figure

•October 23, 2015 • Leave a Comment

A female figure, surprised, recoiling or … ?

Papier-mâché with a faux-bronze finish, 102 cm height.

A Cultural Treasure in Danger

•October 12, 2015 • 2 Comments

Minerva Durham, the director and mother of Spring Studio, where I have been drawing for many years, has announced that it will be closing as of December 15, while the search for a new home continues. Spring Studio has been a haven for all types of creators over the years, from professional artists to people that have never drawn before, models that range from 18 to 85, from 80 pounds to well over 300, not to mention many musicians, actors, dancers etc. Three sessions a day, seven days a week all year. Personally it has been a lifeline and an endless source of inspiration and art. I started modelling there myself this year, to the warm reception of the artist there. It has been the rock of figure drawing in New York since 1994 and everyone is welcome and encouraged. Minerva is searching for new space that is sustainable, a difficult task in the astronomical real estate market in New York. The New York Times just wrote an article about it in today’s edition and I am proud to say yours truly is in the lead photo!

The article is here :
NY Times Article SoHo Artist’s Studio, a Space Detached From Time, Is Forced to Move

Myself(in the middle) Photo by Michael Appleton for The New York Times

Myself( in the middle)
Photo by Michael Appleton for The New York Times

Two Angular Women

•October 3, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Albena, 24x18, pastel and charcoal

Albena, 24×18, pastel and charcoal

Golden Hannah, 24x18, pastel on newsprint

Golden Hannah, 24×18, pastel on newsprint

 
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