As a visual art student at the local magnet school for the arts she was encouraged to attend life-drawing sessions that are offered twice-weekly at a local art academy. Actually, all 3 of my daughters, all visual art majors in college, took advantage of these drawing sessions over the years, and I would occasionally go with them.
We agreed that we should take advantage of this opportunity and last night was our first evening of life-drawing at the Coppini Academy since she graduated from high school. I'm going to share a plein aire oil painting that she did of her father when she was in high school.
Tim, sitting in his ancient (and now dead) pick-up truck.
I remember when she painted this because it was cold outside!
Sketching at the life-drawing class
Thursday evening life-drawing sessions are set up in the following way: 15 one-minute poses, then 12 five-minute poses, one 10-minute pose, and finally a 20-minute pose. The drawing session lasted 2.5 hours. I worked with both an ebony pencil and charcoal. The following are selected poses of all my drawings (these in charcoal) from last night:
5 minute pose
5 minute pose
20 minute pose
We hope to make this a regular habit. The Wednesday evening sessions consist of longer poses. We think we need to do a couple more Thursday sessions which, frankly, are more challenging than drawing longer poses, in order to get our drawing juices flowing again. It was so enjoyable, and the perfect follow-up to my portraiture workshop in September.
My goal is to start painting regularly again. I hope to paint in both oil and thickened dye. I have a few plans "up my sleeve" for pieces I want to do on cloth. I miss painting. It must be time to return to it.