Coeur d’Alene Figure Drawing get-togethers have started again at Terry Lees studio, and I am so happy. There is nothing as greatly inspiring to an artist as drawing with other artists. Practicing from a live model really improves my art skills significantly. This week was drawing from a nude figure. The human form changes with even a slight shift in weight distribution or a little change in the direction of gaze.
Last night we did a few 5-minute and a few 20-minute poses. I am obviously a little rusty after three months of no practice. Or, even a lot rusty. By the last 20-minute pose I was able to say, okay it is coming back. So, on the way to improvement always.
I’d be glad to show you the way, or carpool, if you are interested in trying this out. The next life drawing session is on
Monday, April 10th
It will be a clothed portraiture 3-hour session. You bring your own supplies, to draw or paint. As a group, we ask that you use odorless spirits if you are using oil paints. There are benches and easels in Terry’s studio to borrow. The cost is $15 for each session (to help pay the model), and it goes from 5:30 to 8:30 pm on select Mondays… Terry lets us know about the dates he is able to schedule a model via email. With good attendance, we have even had a class each Monday night before, so spread the word.
The Monday Night 3 hour Life Drawing Session was on the 13th over at Terry Lee’s studio in Coeur d’Alene ID. This model has great bone structure, deep skin tones, and marvelously shaped eyes and lips. She was a pleasure to draw and I look forward to painting her later in my studio later from pictures taken.
Our model did a portrait pose for three hours which gives us a lot of time to work on getting a likeness. She did not actually sit in the same position for three hours straight. I think it was 30-minute sets with breaks so she could stretch and move around. Then she simply takes the same position after the break so we can continue where we left off.
First, I did a pencil drawing and then a monochrome watercolor using Paynes Grey. I was not able to do anything stellar but am happy with the likeness achieved in pencil for the results of the evening. I gave the pencil sketch to the model at the end of the evening.
Terry Lee is discontinuing these artist get-togethers for the winter and plans to start them up again in April 2022 if enough of the artists commit to attending. I sure am going to miss this, there is nothing better than being able to get together with a group of other artists and work on improving your skills together.
Drawing from a model in pencil. We had a great model for portraiture last week. After the drawing session, I did a quick sketch of her from a picture I got of her between poses. Her face is so expressive.