A couple of weeks ago my friend Natalie and I had the awesome experience of painting from a live model at the Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra as part of The Drawing Club. The club focuses on weekly painting and drawing from a live model based on a different theme each week - this time the theme was Dr. Who.
This was my first time painting live! And it was a nerve-racking experience, as I am usually just naturally focused so much on getting the 'likeness' down ... I guess it's something I like a lot and aspire to do as a general rule when I paint, and it's something that drives me. Which is probably why I usually enjoy very detailed work. But sometimes it's nice to just let go, speed things up and see what comes out, and to just trust the process. This was definitely a freeing experience, and something I look forward to doing again. Keeping it to a limited color palette helped a lot with becoming more relaxed and focusing on the feel of it more than on details, too. It was so much fun! It really made me want to practice more of this quick gestural painting and to get out of my comfort zone more.
Thanks for the awesome idea, Natalie! Can't wait until we do this again :-))
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