Possibly one of the nicest compliments I have received so far. I had been invited to pose for a new figure drawing group a little over a week ago which happens to be located incredibly close to where I live. I arrived a little early to set up and attracted some attention it seemed by the car I was driving that day, my ’75 Volkswagen Beetle. I talked with one of the group coordinators and then set myself up, which was pretty quick as the pose space was ready to go with a large pillow, a stool and a box footstool for props if I wanted to use them.
The group started with 1 minute gestures, then some 3 minutes and then 3 ten minutes then a break. I was wondering if I was going to run out of ideas for poses as the 1 minute gestures went on for a longer time than I am used to. I have to admit, I find the 1 minute gestures daunting at the same time as I find them fun. Daunting as I am forced to keep thinking of INTERESTING poses in a rapid fire way, while they are fun for the most part, to hold as they are dynamic and hopefully, interesting to draw. I enjoy it in an odd way as it makes me grow as a model and I do get to try fun poses that would be impossible to hold for 5+ minutes.
After the session ended, as people were packing up, I had a number of the group come over to me, thanking me and also commenting on my poses etc. I said to one artist that I was always worried about being boring so do what I can to make sure I have foreshadowing, negative space and more. His reply was, “You have absolutely nothing to worry about. I’ve seen boring, and you’re not boring at all.” That felt great. I love meeting new groups to pose for but I love being invited back even more so I am hoping that I get that chance.
Happily I also seem to becoming the “go to model” at one venue I have been posing for. I was a fill in for their last session of classes and then when the new batch started, I was contacted to fill some dates again. I was/am thrilled. On top of this, last week they contacted me saying that they had the next week’s model cancel and asked if I could fill the spot. Done! I suppose it helps that I can take 1/2 vacation days during the week so am available in the afternoons or mornings with notice. I am hopefully going to be on the roster for the fall classes and also be asked for a portrait class as well.
I have also been looking at body painting artists and have been trying to get involved with artists who want to practice or have a show. I think this would be wonderful. I have always wanted to take part in the Solstice Cyclists in Seattle…maybe one day soon I will get the chance.