Me and My Sternocleidomastoid

•April 8, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Drawing by Kathi Kirkpatrick , illustrating Minerva’s lecture about this distinctive muscle.

Bruce’s Sternocleidomastoid by Kathi Kirkpatrick


Just Can’t Keep the Clothes On!

•March 6, 2017 • Leave a Comment

One session scheduled, another unplanned, this weekend I posed twice at Minerva’s Drawing Studio. On Saturday we had a group of Art History students getting exposure to actual studio settings as part of their class. On Sunday the scheduled model did not show up, so off came the clothes and I filled in. It was a full house of artists ready to draw from life and I am glad to help out when I can. Here are 2 drawings by Charles H. Connelly, one of my favorites, .

Bruce by Charles H. Connelly

Bruce by Charles H. Connelly

Posing again at Minerva’s

•March 4, 2017 • Leave a Comment

2 sketches by Chris of yours truly, poses to show off the sternocleidomastoid, which was a talking point for Minerva in her lecture on anatomydsc04445a

More into the Shadows

•January 31, 2017 • 1 Comment

I hate to admit it but we are all living under a horrible darkness these days. I hope though that though art the shadows may be lifted a bit. Here’s 2 sketches of Ariel, done last week.


•November 6, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Four 5 minute sketches with the light from below. I was exploring the differences in light/dark modelling as well as cast shadow. I found I had built a habit of drawing the scene with the light above, as we do in nature for the most part, and that when the situation was changed, there was something in my brain that said ‘What is this?’. The feeling was much the same as switching drawing hands , right to left or left to right.

Ariel at 5 (minutes)

•October 26, 2016 • 1 Comment

5 minute sketches with charcoal and pastel of Ariel

Filling in Vacancies

•August 27, 2016 • 1 Comment

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.20160824_Kathi_1