Monday, January 17, 2011

So this is what Angelina Jolie feels like

Everybody watches you. And when they show up lugging paints and portfolios, they're going about that watching with laserlike focus, every twitch of the eye triggering a tug of the hand.

As an art student and now (though I shy away from calling myself an artist when usually "bookbinder" will do), I long benefited from others' modeling so when I was asked to sit recently for a monthly art session at a studio in the neighborhood, I said yes to the adventure.

First off, do you have any idea how many muscles you use just sitting there? After five 25-minute sessions I was ready to get off the stage, and had new respect for those who do it, and some without any clothes on either. It helps to do a lot of yoga breathing, power-think through nose tickles, and focus on something you can make into lots of shapes to amuse yourself.

Remember, you're working in front of one of the most observant classes of people on Earth, so if you suddenly start smiling, they'll know. Maybe even before you do.


At 15:53, Blogger Janet Amundson-Splidsboel said...

Margaret, you were a great model for our Candlelight Wine Cheese Live Model group this past Sunday evening. Everyone talked about how still you sat, it's quite difficult to do and you were a pro. If anyone want to know more about the group which is open to all artists they can contact me, Janet Amundson-Splidsboel,

At 09:51, Blogger margaret said...

Thank you for posting Janet. You've gathered a wonderful group of supportive, talented, and fun people!

At 19:22, Blogger Michael5000 said...

This is way too cool.

You are always up to something, you are.

At 00:00, Blogger fingerstothebone said...

How fun! I bet it is hard. I love the picture showing some of the work.


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