5 minute sketches with charcoal and pastel of Ariel
Running a studio like Minerva’s is a Herculean task. Scheduling models for 3 sessions a day, seven days a week, alternating male and female and making sure they show up is monumental. For more that 23 years Minerva has done this and with great finesse. Occasionally the system fails which happened recently when one of the models got the session wrong, so I filled in. I always am willing to model, and this time I had an unusual nostalgic feeling while posing, the quiet, the air temperature with the fans blowing softly brought back an unrelated memories of summer in Colorado many years ago. I have thought about why modelling is so enjoyable, but there are a lot of complex things going on. Performance, supporting artists, feeling the internal dynamics of the body, the self image of a pose versus the artists perception of the pose. Its really fascinating. Anyway, here are 2 drawings by Kathi Kirkpatrick of me from that session.
I’ve been working on faces lately, but isn’t not easy something I have avoided for many years.
Sometimes a drawing benefits from being cropped. a pastel of Maria with a few inches removed, now 17×22 inches instead of 18×24.
My show at Minerva’s Drawing Studio came down last Sunday, but I was happy for the success. The opening was packed, more than 100 people came and I sold 3 drawings! We also had a small ‘closing reception’ then took the show down. I have good quality pictures of the work on Google photo https://goo.gl/photos/acFZKfcKyCt2VMRB6 if you couldn’t see it live. Here’s a pastel from this week of Maria.
I was posing at Minerva’s Drawing Studio,(aka Spring Studio) on Thursday doing fast poses, 15-30 second poses. It definitely forces the artists out of their comfort zone and allows the model to have a huge amount of creativity. Here are some drawings done by a talented artist Charles H. Connelly.