It was exhilarating, returning to figure drawing after more than a month. Colleen Duffley, owner of Studio b, has been in Italy and other exotic places fulfilling her professional photography obligations.
I too have been elsewhere, as my last blog post indicated, including two weeks in British Columbia. So getting out the chalk and paper and easel and coming back to the Studio was like the proverbial oasis in the desert!
I wasn’t too rusty, considering how long it had been, because I had been keeping up with my daily doodling, but more than that, I think what helped me stay in tune was my continuous practice of photography, which is a great tool for maintaining my “eye” and my feeling for composition.
The model this week had amazing turquoise hair, and it demanded to be noticed. As it happens, I have a number of sticks of Nupastel of that exact color, which I had bought expecting eventually to use in background imagery with the colors of the Gulf of Mexico here in Northwest Florida where I live. The Gulf is an impossible blue-green, which looks unbelievable whenever I have used that color in my art, but which is absolutely correct for the color of the model’s hair.
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