After posting a long string of watercolours I have accumulated some life work done at various sessions in the new year.

I am a little dissatisfied with my life output particularly after my session with Crawfurd Adamson just before Christmas.

The lighting in many of our local sessions is absysmal and the poses are staid. Trying to get input is difficult as the people running the sessions do not really want or understand the options possible.

I even gave two of the session leaders at different groups a book of poses to help stimulate some variety, but neither was interested.

So all you get is people sitting stiffly on chairs – which is ok, but not everytime.

I am about to go on holiday and have decided that when I return I am going to take some time away from the life studio and work from photographs and sketches and experiment with different styles and techniques. I find this approach difficult in live sessions as you go into them not knowing the model or the pose and because of overcrowding most times you cant even select a viewpoint – on Saturday I was even restricted from sitting or standing, because it affected those behind me.

Anyway enough of this – you can see I need a holiday!

Other life drawing is available on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com


    • They are the same models, unfortunately. It is really the way you handle them and the fault is with the organisers. When I was at the local college one of the models had worked for Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud in London. I used him in groups I ran. That guy could hold some great poses for long periods. Trouble is – he moved to York some time ago.

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    • Thanks. In contrast I prefer thin models where you get interesting shadows and shapes created by muscle and bone. They also tend to be more supple and can mould into different shapes. Well, that is, if they are directed to do and there is good lighting – some of my many beefs at the moment.


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