I have posted before that I go to a life drawing group every Saturday (or as many Saturdays that are possible with my big family around). Sometimes my favorite work is the result of the five-minute warm-up poses when we get started with a session. We then set up our model for a two and a half hour pose (they get breaks every 20 minutes, don't worry). I challenge myself to paint the long pose using acrylics.
I like the shadow falling across this
model's thigh and body.
Often the bit of the painting I am interested with is not the figure work but the painterly effort to surround the figure, give it a ground, an edge to present against.
|This model is also a belly dancer! She posed with hand-dyed silks that she had made herself. The colors were irresistible.|
|I liked how just a bit of her hip shows against the brilliant fabric.|
|And her knee peeking forward wrapped in swaths of color.|