Tuesday, March 11, 2008
I was so pleased to be able to get to Friday's life drawing class after missing the last one. This was the first time our model was a male so to celebrate I broke out the new papers that we'd bought from the pile Helen arranged on behalf of the group. This was also my first time working at a full size easel since my table one was proving tough on my shoulders. Marie (hi Marie) had brought along one she had designed herself which dropped low enough for me to work from. This made such a huge difference to my drawing as I was able to use the whole of my arm making for larger work that Helen has suggested her husband make a copy to be kept at Otane for me. She also gave me a lightweight drawing board to work from which has made a massive difference compared to the heavy one I use at home.
We drew for nearly the whole two hours taking only ten minutes for morning tea. The model was extremely experienced and got into some challenging positions (and I don't mean that to sound the way it does!). The last two poses he kept for 25 minutes each so I was able to complete two pastel drawings of which this is my favourite.
When I arrived home I found a business card tucked into the back door. A minister representing the local Anglican Church had called while I was away. I wonder what he would have thought if he'd known what I was actually away doing that morning?