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Figure Drawing, March 5, 2017

Second drawing session in San Clemente, California. Though there was no instructor, there was a supervisor who managed the session. He liked to play music, which I always find helpful for expansion. Interestingly though, here in California he liked to play French chanson, while in Belgium where I usually draw, Bruno usually likes to play American country-western jazz. In both cases, the music supports a subtle embrace of otherness – yet in both cases, a different otherness. Nice, you wouldn’t notice it – unless you noticed it.

I found the benches in the SC Art Supply a little hard. So it was a challenging and not a hugely successful session. But here are a few from the afternoon that made the grade. Conté pencil on tinted pastel paper highlighted with conté crayon. 30.5 x 40.5 cm or 12 x 16 in.

Figure Drawing, February 17, 2017

We visited San Clemente, California for three months this winter. During that time, I located a local art supply store (San Clemente Art Supply) that hosts figure drawing sessions twice a week. Twelve bucks, one room, one model, good lighting, free benches and drawing boards, 3 hours, no teacher. Just my cup of tea.

The model this day was  a good one in the sense that when she took a pose she held it. A thick stocky woman who you might not otherwise want to cross. Both of the drawings below were 20 minute poses. Conté pencil highlighted with conté crayon on toned pastel paper.30.5 x 40.5 cm or 12 x 16 in.


A succession of quick 2 minute poses. Chalk on toned drawing paper. 14 x 17 inches or 35.5 x 43.4 cm.