|"Young Model" by Hilary J. England 16" x 20" oil on canvas|
The last two days at the Art Student's League have been productive. I was able to complete this above painting in about three hours, (four hours time with several 5-10 minute breaks). Although I must admit to working with some inferior materials, when the world hands you lemons, break out the salt and tequila! In other words, I tried to make the best of it.
She was a good model, easy on the eyes, although, for me, I was literally on top of her in my easel position, and due to where I was, she was almost completely in shadow, again. I seem to be always in the area where the model is always in shadow, which really forces me to see the warm and cool tones in the flesh, or else she would come out looking like a solid blob of gray with a few flecks of yellow here and there...so these studies are very good for me in that they really force me to see beyond the obvious.
I knew Joe would be back after being absent the night before, and as is his way, he can be brutally frank when he critiques, but for some reason, he seemed to be happy about things--maybe he was in the Christmas spirit!
I had skipped out last week to go see the tree at Rockefeller center with Noelle, Jill and Trevor. We ate some food at the Brooklyn Diner, which was quite festive and done up for the holidays, and then off to the tree...encountered some rats in the subway, but, heck, they're entitled to stay warm too!
So, that's it till next week. New model, new painting. I'm also working on two new paintings in my studio, and have put off any landscape work due to the holidays and it being brutally cold out lately...heck, I just can't muster the Under Amour right now...I will after New Year!