A change of pace here. With not much life drawing going on, I had to make do with the materials I had at my disposal. Apologies to any startled horses.

Though here in the UK, the BBC presented a life session last week – a few hours of models posing on live TV, though drawing time was curtailed by presenters adding their bit and analysis of studio participants work – including the mandatory celebrity. I suppose it was trying to get people to take up life drawing, rather than pander to my needs, but it was also hindered by the small images they presented – panning back from the model to take in the surrounds. On my TV it looked like the model was in another room, which is another barrier to success. At least they tried and I got a few loose sketches.

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  1. I like this strong pose – great pastel painting . I agree with you about the BBC programme . I found the drawing time a bit short and the actual image was very small .I couldn’t really see much light and shade on my TV. Added to that , some of the poses were quite difficult – especially for beginners. I did some sketches though and I will watch it again. But , I’d rather go to Life Drawing in person !

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    • Thanks Margaret. I’m glad you felt the same as me about the programme. Though I did think the lighting was good – it’s a constant battle at life sessions I go to, to get the lighting effective. I also thought using poses from past paintings good as it gives valid reason to try something different and avoid the sitting in chair poses I get a lot.
      I take your point that the poses were difficult for beginners – some were – as it seemed that beginners were the market that they were pitching at: but I like difficult poses – trouble was they seemed so far away.
      I suppose I had hoped that it would be one of those meditative, silent programmes that they put out from time to time and we would be left free from exuberant presenters to get on with the drawing.

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  2. Yes, agreed with you, this is not for the faint hearted.
    I am just kidding. (How dare me!) Honestly, I find attitude and empowerment in this piece, which is some good strengths that I need now. 😔

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