Friday, July 20, 2012

Recent Long Poses

The studio has a Long Pose session on the first and third Thursdays of the month.  Of course, the three-hour pose is fairly short compared to the multi-week poses in academia, but it's a little more accommodating than the 3–4 quicker poses we do on Wednesdays. It's just a great way to throw some paint down and exercise your art muscles.  I've definitely noticed improvement since we started doing these.

Here are a few of the my more recent studies, done over the last few months.  All three hours.

I decided to do a drawing on this one.  Even though Rena's red hair is great to paint, something just struck me about the values in this, with her straight, bobbed hair and dark-rimmed glasses.

Did this one yesterday evening.  Brittany came in with an awesome headwrap on, and asked if we wanted her to take it off.  When we asked what was underneath, she almost guiltily said, "a mohawk." Heck yeah, mohawk it is!

Patrice is always a great model, for any length of session.  Such a warm and genuine person.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

"The Welder" Accepted to Salmagundi Club Exhibition

I just found out that I was accepted into the Salmagundi Non-Members Exhibition!  This show is put on by the venereble Salmagundi Club in New York City.  This is the second year I was accepted, and it's really an honor.  After last year, I thought there was no way I'd be able to pull it off again, and it really forced me to step up my game.  That trip was really life-changing, and I met so many wonderful people.  I really hope to be able to make it out there again.

I've really been pushing myself to take my work where it needs to go, and this trip was a huge part of that.  I'm really excited to share some of the pieces I have in the works soon.  I feel like I'm finally starting to say the things I need to say with my work.

My painting of my friend Josh is the piece I will be sending.  People really seem to single this one out and relate to it, and I'm fortunate that I was able to convince Josh to sit for me.  Well, I'm not sure if it was me or a few beers that did the convincing, but I'd say it worked out.  Thanks Josh!