Figure Studies, oil on panel, 12" x 9"
Once a month since June, I have been hosting a shared model experience in my studio for some wonderful artists that I've become fast friends with. We happen to be all women, but it's just by chance, not so much by choice. Some of us draw, or some paint depending on the mood. I haven't taken any 'in studio' shots of the group, but perhaps next weekend they will allow me to. I would like to share with you links to some of their sites because they have been so supportive of me, and their work deserves a good look. In no particular order: Kiki Farish does these amazingly complex graphite on panel drawings that usually incorporate text in a sometimes hidden way; Jill Eberle is a Fine Arts teacher at East Carolina University and does some wonderful figurative paintings; Diane Feissel is another Massachusetts transplant to the Raleigh area via San Francisco, who paints beautiful animals and figures on patterned fabrics; Lisa Beth Robinson, another ECU teacher and uber detailed book artist and print maker (who doesn't work from the figure), often comes for our after chats, critiques and yummy food; and our other artist friend Jackie Ogden, draws and paints the figure in a wonderfully expressive, over sized manner but she unfortunately, doesn't have a website to share (get ON that Jackie!)
For me, its the experience of these days that is most rewarding. I never get 'finished' paintings from these sessions, but having the opportunity to paint the figure directly from observation and to share thoughts and ideas with hilarious folks is always a gift. I so enjoy my Southern Draw'l Saturdays.