Here’s what I’ve learned about figure study class. I have to do the first part of a drawing without my glasses on. Otherwise, I get caught up in detail too soon, and my picture turns to mud. For the long poses today, I left my glasses off until the end. I like the results much better this way.
Thanks to the wonderful man (I don’t know his name) who encourages me whenever he sees me at the open sessions on Sundays and gives me tips about how to make my paper go farther (paint over the used stuff with gesso) and preserve the ones I want to keep (use fixative on art that’s hung vertically so all the inevitable spits and dribbles never hit the paper).
Plus I love his art. He paints with watercolor and gauche and his figures are so vivid. Today he showed me how he has been painting nudes in his older paintings. One nude was seated in front of a huge rusty barge. The male figures from today were peaking in and out of a jungle scene with bright flowers.