Life drawing on Saturday morning at the Whidbey island fairgrounds is great. It’s nice to be part of a new and different group of artists. I’m still trying to get adjusted to their way of doing things but drawing directly from the figure is always fun.
I’m having a bit of trouble with the lack of organization with this life drawing group. The pose times are not planned ahead of time and the timing of the poses is not very accurate. This leads to not as much time drawing as I would look and this morning wasn’t an exception. We spent much too long in break time during the three hour session, I would have liked to have a bit more structure in the scheduling of the class.
Now on the other hand when I was at Hipbone studio in Portland I felt that Jeff Burke had too much structure. It would have been nice if he changed up the pose schedule a bit throughout the week, instead it was the same exact pose structure each class. On Jeff defense he did offer a long pose session one day of the week.
I believe that monotony leads to stagnation. I also believe that lack of purpose and structure also leads to stagnation so we have to strive daily to find a nice balance. I think I may contact the coordinator for the Whidbey island figure drawing group and see if I can make some suggestions.
Shannon was the model today, and she is one of the best models that I’ve had the privilege to draw over the years. It’s really nice to be able to say that also. When I lived close to Seattle she would model at Gage academy often and I would attend the Sunday life drawing session there.