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Life Drawing: Tracey in Fishnets. Sunday Afternoon, May 18, 2014.

140519 Tracey inked steampunk flapper in fishnets at Catalyst Art Studio right face square cropped

Sunday Afternoon 4pm-7pm. May 18, 2014

I have been yearning to paint a finished painting. Ever since I picked up my painting brushes again after a long hiatus this year, I have not had the chance to complete a painting. Finally, I found a studio with 3 hour long pose sessions, so I hopped into my new car and drove to Catalyst Art Space in Westminster, California this Sunday, hoping to start and finish a painting in one setting.

I was excited to explore this new studio and to work with an artist’s model with whom I have not painted before. Here is Tracey, the model, photographed below, in a previous gig.

140518 Tracey as Cirque du Noir Ringmaster.  Violethour Studio, Fullerton Art Walk. Connie Hurtado (Makeup Artist). David P Johns (Photographer)

Photo Source: Tracey’s Website.  Credits: Tracey as Cirque du Noir Ringmaster.  Violethour Studio, Fullerton Art Walk.  Makeup Artist – Connie Hurtado. Photographer – David P Johns.

Ever since I was a young child who loved playing with dolls, I loved drawing faces and characters. Today, however, I think I ended up painting too many faces into this one model!

Face 1: The silently gleeful cat savoring the swallowed bird.

140519 Tracey inked steampunk flapper in fishnets at Catalyst Art Studio left face square cropped.

Face 2: Sudden jab from remembrance of a thing past.

140519 Tracey inked steampunk flapper in fishnets at Catalyst Art Studio right face square cropped

The face, in a trance of multiple psychological clouds.

140519 Tracey inked steampunk flapper in fishnets at Catalyst Art Studio torso cropped.

The model has a delicate and elongated face. I realize, perhaps due to the images in my mirror, I have a tendency to shorten a face.

140519 Tracey inked steampunk flapper in fishnets at Catalyst Art Studio closer cropped.

My mind was focused on getting the overall painting done by the end of the 3 hour long pose. Consequently, the painting was a hurried, dutiful documentation. I would have made different artistic decisions if I was not so rushed.

140519 Tracey inked steampunk flapper in fishnets at Catalyst Art Studio.

It was amusing to think, the model looked grand and larger than life as she sat there purposefully on her throne. But as she took breaks and walked around the easels and artists in her barefeet, glasses and bathrobe, the grand illusion was replaced by the vision of a small kitten of a girl.

In retrospect, my most favorite part of painting (aside from working with a beautiful model) was painting buttery tonal gradations. Somehow, however, I felt it necessary to paint everything else in order to justify playing with these smears of paints.

140519 Buttery tonal gradation with pepper green upholstry.

140519 Buttery tonal gradation

 

140519 buttery tonal gradation chair leg.

Thank you Tracey for posing for us today. Thank you Dean for the warm welcome to The Catalyst Art Space. Thank you to all the friendly artists who made the afternoon so wonderful. – Jzin

About Catalyst Art Space in Westminster, CA.

Sunday 3 hour long poses Life figure drawing sessions are $15, payable at the Art Supply Warehouse in Westminster, CA.

About Tracey, our model this afternoon.

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

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