For the last couple weeks my "real" work has kept me from painting - or so I tell myself. But I made it to the figure studio last Thursday and, how wonderful, Signe, a favorite model was there with a new haircut!
It is a privilege to have models who return every few months. It allows me to see new things in their bodies and hopefully, convey something of their personalities as I come to know them.
Hands have been giving me problems for quite a while so I have set up a personal exercise to draw or paint a hand or two a day. I remember doing this in high school but clearly need a refresher. When I was younger, I imagined that artists had a sort of magical ability to transfer the image in their minds to paper or canvas. But like anything a person does well, practice is essential so that's what I'll do. Because nothing is more "real" than the desire to make art.