Painting from life
I am thrilled to report a new direction in my art. Back in art school I used to really look forward to my painting from life classes. I love the immediacy of standing there and painting what you see and feel from another human being, right on the spot. It’s amazing to me that there would be a class full of students, all painting the same model, same pose, each ending up with a totally different interpretation. Everyone’s painting was different, because everyone’s experience is unique and individual – even when the stimuli are as controlled as a single person sitting in a single pose for 3 hours time.
I’ve not had an opportunity to paint from life like this since I was in school – nude models aren’t exactly knocking on my door (that’s probably a good thing…) But I’ve always had it in the back of my mind that if I’d ever find this opportunity again, I’d jump on it. Well, the opportunity presented itself through a brilliant artist I met recently, Piotr Antonow. He and I are currently in a gallery show together in Chicago and he does these remarkable, large scale, colorful, energetic, abstracted nudes. Stunning work, I am blown away by his talent. On meeting him and discussing his work he has now invited me in on the live model sessions he attends 1-2x a week.
Finally the opportunity has presented itself, and I am having a ball. A third artist is also working with us – Marina Nemtseva – and between the three of us we present three totally different points of view of the same model, same pose. This is just like I remember from art school. Cool!
I thought I’d show an example of this. Below is an example of two paintings I did during last week’s 3 hour session, and also an image of Piotr’s painting done of the same model at the same time. Alas I do not have an image of Marina’s painting because I didn’t have the idea to write this blog until a few days after she – shockingly – destroyed her painting! What?! Bummer! it was really cool! I guess she must not have liked it! (I’ll have to be faster next time.)