In early March I received an email from Susan Bohlert Smith, which began “I love your figure drawings.” The email turned out to be an offer to show my drawings at Bohlert Massey Interiors. Bohlert Massey is in the Village of South Walton in Seacrest, an upscale development next to Rosemary Beach, Florida.
I brought about 15 or 20 figure drawings to my first meeting with Susan that Saturday, and discovered that she had already printed many of them from my website as references for the type of work she liked. The next morning she came over to my home/studio and went through my entire inventory of figurative work, leaving with a dozen pieces she wanted to showcase, and directing me to produce more in that same style. Fortunately, the style she liked was my favorite way of working, using white nupastel and graphite on toned paper, and leaving less important parts of the piece undrawn. (So twist my arm!!!)
The drawings are mostly of nudes in various poses, most of them drawn at Studio b when it was located in Alys Beach. (For those of you who are asking, Studio b is presently in between locations — stay tuned.)
Figure drawing, or life drawing, as it is known in the art world, excites me as much as plein air painting, both genres produced in the moment, from direct perception of the immediate subject. Both are constrained by time, plein air painting by the changing light and weather, and life drawing by the duration of the pose, requiring complete, undistracted focus of the artist.
Bohlert Massey Interiors is my sole representation for figurative work on Scenic Highway 30A in South Walton County, Northwest Florida. They will be having a Grand Re-Opening later this summer. Check out a portfolio of Bohlert Massey Interiors at http://www.bohlertmassey.com/portfolio.cfm.
Can you say EXCITED ABOUT THIS? That would be ME!