Life Drawing: Girl, Reclining
Tuesday morning, 10am-1pm. May 27, 2014. The day after Memorial Monday.
I have been looking forward to trying out a new long pose art studio for a while. With enthusiasm, I attended my first life drawing session at Fred Hope’s Laguna Beach art studio. I was also happy when I found out the model would be someone I have not work with before. Googling about the model, it turned out she is also an artist, which created an excitement for my painting session.
In my recent past 3 hour long pose painting session, I included too many details on my small canvas, resulting in a fussy piece. Therefore, today I consciously made a decision to simplify my 16″x20″ painting: focusing only on the head, not the entire person.
Tracey in Fishnets by Jzin Teng. May 18, 2014. Too many details in a 3 hour pose.
I painted this hurried exercise directly onto my cheap, store-bought, primed, pre-stretched canvas.
Well, I did not mean for it to turn out this way, but it did. I felt a little embarrassed with this work, that day being surrounded in the new studio by painters who knew what they were doing.
This piece was more like a flat illustration, falling away from my ideal idea of classical painting with volume and depth. It seemed to be saying loudly: this artist is self-taught!
I tried not to listen and continued working on it. (Now the voice is giving excuses, which I will list only one: I have not painted regularly for more than a decade, and just started painting earlier 2014.) Regardless, I decided to stay and work with this piece and see what came out of it.
Here was what I finished in 3 hour’s time.
Girl, Reclining. Jzin Teng. Acrylic on canvas. Approximately 12 inches x 16 inches.
Despite the stiffness, the unsatisfactory level of depth, and awkward look, I grew to like this piece because of the care and love I decided to pour into it. I knew my goal was to deliberately paint a finished piece in 3 hours, so, in that light, I succeeded. Well, next time, I should be less impatient and build up my pieces more conscientiously. Now I am reading up on classical painting.
At home, my 9 year old daughter says the model’s breast was painted larger than her head. Yes, it is useful to sit back after break from a painting session to view one’s work.
Thank you to our beautiful model for posing for us today! At this point of my politeness, I can not paint family, friends and acquaintances with the same abandonment and honesty, thus models are very helpful. – Jzin. Tuesday, May 27, 2014
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