Saturday, March 19, 2011
Friday night drawing - last class
My Friday night Drawing class was over last night and we had a life drawing model who was awesome. For the first time I understood why people would want to stay with one model and use them over and over. This woman was young and not gorgeous or anything - but had a well proportioned body with fluid lines and her poses were graceful and natural. I truly understood how one could use her as a model over and over for painting. You could easily ignore the butterfly tattoo on her tummy (ouch).
We did about 19 drawings last night and in the spirit of honesty - I'm only showing the 4 best - but overall it was a good night. We did quick drawings, gesture drawings - 2 minutes at a time. The top one was about 1 minute as my paper fell on the floor and I had to scramble to get it all set up again. Guess I work well under pressure.
Then we tried an approach where you try to stay away from straight lines - I like this wiry approach - lots of room for adjustments.
This last one was done with my left hand - which was hard but surprisingly fun and not as bad as I thought, altho I did run out of room for the head.
At the end of the class, we went to a local gallery opening where Tom had a painting up of him as superman dad. It was a good show, some great stuff some not so great stuff but fun to be out in the city on a friday night hobnobbing with "real" artists and their fan clubs.
Back to real life today - lots to do before I go away next weekend to NYC with my nephews and their mom. We're driving down on Friday night - staying in a swanky hotel (at a discount rate thank goodness) and doing sightseeing on Saturday and Blue Man Group show on Saturday night. If we get the chance I want to pop over to brooklyn to show the kids where I grew up and where I went to grade school. It'll be fun to show them the area...but just thinking about it I got a bit nostalgic. Haven't been back to Brooklyn without my Dad....ever. He loved Brooklyn so much, knew so much about the history, and there was nothing dad loved more than going out for breakfast with me to a local greasy spoon. Whew. Nostalgia wave just hit me. But it's good to remember.
I have to figure out what classes to take this summer. The comic class appears to be an abbreviated one - which I'll take but it's making me realize that I'm going to have to go into Boston in the fall for a professional class if I want to move this genre forward. So this summer I might just take fun class like a watercolor class. I've been so impressed with the work KatieJane is doing that I'd like to try my hand at it. or maybe mixed media. or painting. We'll see...
Have a lovely weekend, send $ thoughts to KJ and her auction this weekend (which I never got my stuff to her to sell, but she understands)
Posted by Mim at 8:20 AM