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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Today's Life painting session
We had a fantastic model today, a ballerina who stood perfectly still with her arms outstretched, holding onto a scarf. She had her weight just a little off center--but as often happens, I inadvertently "straightened her"... dang! It's a common problem.. painters must fight off that inner straightener. If we don't pay close enough attention we will straighten out anything that is not vertical. I pledge to establish any lean early next time! After my (failed) initial oil sketch of the over all pose I moved my easel to another location and painted her super-lovely face. I was more satisfied with this effort. One of the painters remarked during the session that our model looks a bit like Sargent's Madame X...another responded, "no way... Madame X was NOT good looking!" (I can see what painter #1 meant, but I agree with painter #2... our model seems prettier than Madame X).
Painting: Celeste Bergin, Prettier than Madame X, Oil on canvas panel, 16x20 inches. ©2010.
Posted by Celeste Bergin at 7:31 PM