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Life Drawing: Señor Hernandez in a Tree. Thursday Night, May 15, 2014

Thursday night. May 15, 2014

I was an hour late to the studio tonight. When I arrived the long pose session had begun. In two hours that followed, I managed to paint a small painting of Paul, our model.

I decided earlier on, to replace Paul’s face with that of a youth. Midway in the thought, I reversed my thinking. In the end, I painted a hybrid of Paul’s face with the mug of Jacques Brel.

140515 Senor Hernandez in a tree head square cropped

Jacques Brel – Ne Me Quitte Pas

Jacques Brel – Mathilde

I had fun playing with colors but alas, the green gave the face a cadeverish hue. Sorry, Paul!

140515 Senor Hernandez in a tree torso crop 2

Oh! I noticed since the last I requested it (for chiaroscuro work), Medi installed spot lights on the models. How wonderful! Thanks busy and productive Medi!

Stealing a little time off from my regular life, here was what I created from 8pm-10pm on Thursday night, May 15, 2014.

140515 Senor Hernandez in a tree 2

I considered making Paul into a satyr. In the end due to lack of time, I left him perched, hairlessly on a limb. Click here to view my previous session with Paul.

Today Medi was on vacation and Brianna the painter was hosting or life drawing session. I have only heard of her in passing but never met her, so I was secretly and silently awestruck in that studio with her that night!

Click on her painting below to view Brianna Lee’s work on her website.

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“Classic Beauty” Charcoal on Paper 9×12 by Brianna Lee. Source:–studies.html

One of the artists in the studio that night, Irina Chelyapov is having a gallery sale of artwork by a collection of artists. If you are in the Los Angeles area, please support their work:

Here is the information on the flyer artist Irina passed out:

Art Ark. East West. Exhibition of Eastern European Artists

  • May 10 – June 10, 2014
  • Gallery open: Sunday 12pm – 4pm
  • Mon – Sat by Appointment
  • Call: 310 356-6469 Pashyo or 310 279-3591 Irina
  • West Hollywood Pop-up Art Gallery
  • 7362 Santa Monica Boulevard, 2nd Floor, California 90046
  • Free Parking across street at Plummer Park.

Here is Irina’s website:


Thank you Paul for posing for us tonight. Thank you Brianna the artist for hosting our session and baking us scrumptous brownies and thank you to all the artists for an enjoyable creative evening together! – Jzin

About Medi’s FMA Art Studio in Costa Mesa, CA.

Life figure drawing sessions are free for new artists at Medi’s studio. This studio even provides monster boards, newsprints, charcoals to welcome the new folks. The fee for the 4 hour (7pm-10pm) life drawing session for the rest of us is $10. Medi sometimes even serve the artists bries, cheeses, crackers, hot organic teas and wines. We are well taken care of. Contact Medi (below) for more information if you would like to join us in Orange County, California. – Jzin

Medi Bendanna, Frame My Art Studio in Costa Mesa, California.

  • e-mail:
  • cell: 949 836 8273
  • They also frame art works:

About Paul Hernandez, our model for this evening:

  • Professional Artist’s Model
  • Marathon runner
  • Hey Paul, drop me a line if you want me to add anything else to your bio! – Jzin

Click below to see my other works.

140131 Detail of torso, with logo.Yoni the Jew with scimitar. Life model academic nude at FMA studio, Costa Mesa

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Click here to view my masterpiece studies.

130315 Bacchus et Ariadne by Jzin Teng 1998. Detail Laocoon

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