That being said, what did I do with the little free time I do have? I signed up for a drawing class, followed by a painting class with Sadie Valeri, a classical realist artist who has an atelier in San Francisco. These classes will take up my Sundays from now until December. Crazy, huh? I am bogged down with my own painting, deadlines, shows, and have less time to do that with teaching during the day so of course it made sense for me to take some classes.
I really think this will help me in multiple ways. My drawing and painting skills will obviously improve, by a lot I am hoping. But also, I think carving out some time for ME, just me, so that for four hours one day a week I can learn and not feel obligated to a deadline of the demands of a job, will be not only be a welcome reprieve from the obligations of my life, but a necessary one. This is my "yoga", my"meditation", and what ultimately, I am hoping, will help keep me sane for the rest of this year.
So today was the first day of class. We spent most of the day watching Sadie demonstrate the first steps in our drawing, which is supposed to take us 6 weeks to complete, and from what she said, some of us won't be able to complete them. I had a hard time imagining how we could spend 6 sessions, at four hours each, on the same pose and NOT complete the drawing. I was skeptical, but I am open to learning the classical methods of drawing the figure so I kept my mouth shut and just listened and learned.
|You can't see much of what I drew, not that there is much to see. At this point, my|
drawing consists of less than a dozen lines. Can you tell this is a sitting man?
It was a good day of watching and drawing. I am looking forward to the next class and the learning what comes next in our drawing.
In other news...Here are two pieces that are waxed and finished! These will be available at the JoAnne Artman Gallery.
|"Over Her Shoulder", 10"x10", oil and encaustic wax on panel.|
|"Sombrero Boys", 24"x30", oil and encaustic wax on panel.|