Friday Figures: Ouch.

A little bit posterized, or a model as a logo. But what is she selling? Oil on canvas, 20 x 16

Three hour pose, with rest breaks for circulatory restoration. Oil on toned canvas, 20″ x 16″

It was my fault. I was allowed to suggest a pose today, and said, How about this one? As the session progressed, the model’s muscles twitched and her toes curled. I felt her eyes on me, and felt twinges, too- of guilt.

Some poses are easy to hold, but others challenge the body. Pillows placed strategically may diminish the agony, but pressure points develop and feet fall asleep. Off the stand, wrapped in a cloth robe, she danced from foot to foot to ease the pins and needles. Back on pose, she was, of course, beautiful.

So, please let me offer my humble apology to her and any model who has ever endured a painter’s offhand whim. Lesson learned. I’ll try not to do it again.

If they ever let me choose another pose.

Happy Friday.

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About zeladoniac

Debby Kaspari travels the world with sketchbook and binoculars, drawing and painting in wild and not-so-wild landscapes. Norman, Oklahoma is her home base, and she lives there with her tropical ecologist husband and a mackerel tabby named Gizmo.
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4 Responses to Friday Figures: Ouch.

  1. jeffhaynes says:

    Pain comes with the territory. With practice, we learn what poses are best for short times, and those best for long poses.

  2. Corienne says:

    Thank you! Glad you appreciate the model.

  3. dinahmow says:

    Ouch! indeed…I never had to hold anything for that long. I guess I was lucky, only modelling 10 or 20 minutes for newbies. The worst of it was getting cold in the studio.:-)

  4. Kathie says:

    She was a brave soul! Nicely done!

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