Fortunately for me Susan Ishii's Fredericksburg figure drawing group is there with a lifeline. I am keenly aware of how special this group of dedicated artists and models are to me. For almost four years it has been a welcoming, warm environment (really warm - there is a hot yoga class just before us). Usually these sessions are just one of several private or group sessions I would host or attend in any given week. Now they have taken on a more vital role - keeping me afloat.
|Profile, oil pastel, 8 1/2" X 7", 2014|
|Reclining Nude, oil pastel, 6" X 11", 2014|
Before this group started I attended bi-monthly sessions hosted by the painter and teacher Ed King. Ed is very dedicated to working from the live figure. Recently I overheard him telling someone how important it is not just to his art but life in general. I know what he means. I always leave a figure session in a heightened state of mind. Tired sometimes but spiritually rejuvenated.