In 1993 I had my final lesson from Austin artist and teacher Lisa Klayman--a life drawing session. Wow! Up to that point, I'd been painting still lifes of fruit and dishes and had done a couple of copies of master works. The figure: beautiful, unique, and ever-challenging. I was hooked.
One of the great things about Austin is the number of artists in this town. And there are plenty of life drawing sessions in which artists get together to hire the models. This is an economical and educational way to progress. It was very different attending my second life-drawing session. During the model breaks, the artists walked around the room and looked at each other's work! I wasn't ready for that! (Lisa had encouraged us NOT to "compare," saying that we needed to develop our own voices and that we should concern ourselves with our own growth without worrying about how we measured ourselves against our neighbor.) I was shy, didn't know anyone, and therefore said nothing, but I was rather uncomfortable about the "looking" in the beginning. Now I am used to it, although I don't often get to look at other artists' works since I usually continue painting during the breaks. I never seem to have enough time with the models and I get rather intense and focused when I work.
All of these works were painted in 1996 or 1997. All are sold, but notecards are available. Thanks for visiting.|
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