The group of artists this time were so nice and all were very good. One artist even gave me one of her pastel sketches! Modeling is a lot harder than it looks, you can't move for 20-minute stretches (This is the longest pose, with 5-10 minute breaks in between) and you have to hold the same pose over and over and over. So you had better be comfortable the pose you are in, because after 2-1/2 hours, it will come back to haunt you in the form of numb toes, cramped legs, and stiff fingers!
Since it was Friday, when the class was over at around 4:30, (And I had changed back into jeans), Linda had "happy hour" and brought out some wine and snacks and I stayed with the artists to chat. We had a great time.
Here is the outfit, with photos taken by Harry G. (The lighting was a bit uneven, great for the painters, not great for photos...I looked a bit shiny!)
|Linda A.'s pastel drawing.
I had sent Linda some images of outfits and she was very taken with the dramatic hawk obi, even though it's out of season. I have worn it before without an issue, but today, it wouldn't cooperate! I had to retie it about four times. It seemed extra stiff (crunchy!) yet slippery today. This obi is tricky anyway since the tare is short and the tesaki is a bit long. So by the time I got it, the obijime (a flat one) was also being contrary, so I did this weird loopy thing with it. The artists thought it looked excellent: very decorative!
The pose was interesting and highlighted the back of the obi; I was turned 3/4 away from the artists and in front of a mirror, pretending to arrange flowers. The angle made for an interesting composition and some artists even attempted to do the mirror image as well.
It was a nice Friday!