We've painted dozens of models in my studio over the years; so many in fact that I can't recall the names of the two depicted here... I like variety, so I try and get different a one each time, but still manage to hire some of the favorites from time to time. Once when I invited a group of friends to paint and the model didn't show up, I felt responsible so I got up on the stand myself (clothed of course)...
Lady in Black (14x11)
oil pastel on paper
Boy, what an eye-opener! You tend to think (if you think about it all)
that a model doesn't have to work that hard -- just hold still. Well
about 20 minutes into the first session of a 3-hour long pose, I was
getting a whole new perspective! By the time the pose was finished, I
was stiff with back, leg and neck pain and very, very tired...and I was sitting in a comfy chair!
I have had a very healthy respect
for artists models ever since... My hats off to them --
I'm swingin' the doors wide open for my first-ever Open Studio SALE this Saturday from 9am to 5pm. Drop by for some refreshments, a free signed poster and take advantage of hundreds of original works of art at low studio prices!!
I will take this post to make another shameless plug for my upcoming Open Studio Sale... HUNDREDS (about 350 - 400) paintings and sketches for sale at loowww "studio prices".
These are pieces that either already had their shot in a gallery, or haven't left the studio yet; some are non-exhibited plein air studies and some were painted in competitions such as Plein Air Easton, Sonoma Plein Air or the Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational (among others).
There are also many figure paintings in oil, pastel studies and small nudes in oil on vellum, along with a number of sketches that were made to assist me in completing larger canvases.
The sale will be Saturday, June 14th from 9am to 5pm at my studio in Oregon... Please drop by if you're in the area! There will be free posters and refreshments -- hope to see you here!