29 May

Figure Friday

I was starting to feel a little twitchy because I hadn’t been to a life drawing session in a few weeks. It really is restorative “me” time. I never realize just how much so until I don’t go for a while.

Figure drawing 5.28a

 

 

Since it had been a while, I got out the larger paper and tools today. Big, loose, gestural stuff to get back in the groove. I can’t say the drawings are fantastic, but they felt good and that’s all that matters.

Figure drawing 5.28b

 

I had been thinking about erasing old drawings that aren’t that good and re-using the paper. I figured that could work for the oil pastels too — why not? For the long pose I drew over two previous pastels and then filled it in with more oil pastel. It was hard to stay on track with what was old and what was new, but I’m kind of digging it. I’ll be trying this again.Figure drawing 5.28

18 May

Goals

Never satisfied with where I’m at artistically, I like to set some goals every now and then to keep me accountable in one way or another. I usually do this at the beginning of the year when the mood is in the air, but we’re moving from Virginia to Oregon in the next few months and that seems like a good time to make a plan so I don’t lose my way.

When we moved to Virginia, I decided that was the time to find a life drawing group and refresh some art school basic skills. I also made the decision to connect to a general art community rather than a quilt guild community. It worked out wonderfully, and now I’m looking forward to continuing that lesson in our move to Oregon.

I will definitely seek to continue with regular life drawing sessions. I am also going to try to find a community like the one I found in McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville. I’m not sure if that will be a co-op gallery, or an extension of the drawing sessions, or an informal gather of like-minded people, but I will look for something. And I want to up the ante as well. One of the ways many artists support their work is via grants for projects and education. Now is the time for me to put on my big girl panties and do the planning and the writing to seek these opportunities. I don’t foresee ever being the kind of artist that can break even with sales alone, nor am I one for much schtick or marketing, so I think grants are a good pursuit. I also need to stop waiting for invitations to exhibit, and again, make those kind of opportunities myself by writing proposals and searching out venues. It’s not half as fun as just going in the studio and making art, but it’s what I’m going to need to do if I want to move beyond this as a hobby. And, I think I spend far too much time and effort on my work to get away with categorizing it as a hobby.

So, here’s to our first house, what should be our last move for a good long time, a new beginning in Portland, and a solid set of goals for when I get there!

08 May

Figure Friday

Caryatids

 

Robert, who hosts our weekly figure drawing sessions in his studio, thought we were drawing caryatids this week. As far as I’m concerned, these are more Femmes and they are carrying moving boxes. Thanks also to fellow draw-er Michael who gave me the Oregon map to draw on!

01 May

Figure Friday

Untitled

Our new favorite male model. Maybe we can convince him to use The Cube next time…

Untitled

I don’t know if I’ve written about it here or not, but one of the things I really enjoy about typical figure drawing sessions is the variety of models we get to draw. Every size, shape, gender and age presents it’s own challenges and excitement. One week it’s angles and litheness, the next it’s all round curves, and then it’s monumental weight, or coiled up potential energy. I feel different approaching each personality, whether it shows in the drawings or not. Often it even affects which drawing tools I use. I definitely didn’t do this particular model justice this week, but trying is part of the reason I go week after week. My friend Terry has found me a figure drawing group in Portland for after our move. I am looking forward to a whole new range of characters to discover!

20 Mar

Figure Friday

Figure Drawing 3.15

I decided to draw our tall thin model on tall thin paper last Thursday. It was great for the standing poses and the right amount of challenging for the seated ones. I finally captured her face in the far right drawing but had to completely start over on the body so as not to drag down my small success. It’s definitely unfinished, but I like it. The Drawing Session was bittersweet. It looks like this model, who has brought so much great energy to my efforts of late, is moving to greener pastures. I wish her well — even though a part of me hopes she comes back so I can draw more kitchen superheroes!