My on-line diary began in the 1990's from my studio in the North of England. After a lapse of ten years, I resumed posting from my present studio on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

From the far beginning, the intention has been to give an insight into my working methods, and to share the triumphs, trials and tribulations of work-in-progress.

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Today’s Life Class

We have been on the go since 5.30 this morning: first to market, then preparing for today’s life class.  In addition to baking her state of the art banana upside-down cake for refreshments, Denise is the regular model the class.

The class includes all ages and abilities.  Those who attend deserve credit for there respect, dedication and enthusiasm in attempting the most difficult task of all in art, working from the nude model. 

I begin each session with the words offered to students over a hundred years ago by one of the foremost teachers of life drawing:

“Take the shoes from off thy feet, for the ground you are about to step upon is Holy Ground.”

The session begins with a series of twenty-minute poses and ends with a round of sixty-second sketches.  Denise’s modelling is inspirational and the students are making outstanding progress.

1 comment:

  1. I like the fact that you have a starting ritual. Focuses the body and prepares the mind for the task at hand!