I felt very much out of our comfort zone last night with Steve’s imaginative and dynamic quick poses. So much uncertainty, not knowing when the pose was due to end as there were varying lengths of time from five minutes to fifteen minutes, not sure what was coming next, not sure what materials are appropriate for this or what sort of composition will be likely to work. Having said that however I think such a session is good for shaking up our sometimes too comfortable approaches and certainly puts us on our mettle. It was not about producing a studied piece of drawing, we have plenty of sessions for that, no it was more about giving us the opportunity to think outside the box and perhaps chance upon a style or an image with which to surprise ourselves.
With hindsight I will certainly plan a little beforehand next time, for instance it is possible to have a scribble sheet as well as a more bold painterly composition or even also a strident unforgiving ink painting with an unwieldy brush. So on thinking about it the uncertainty can work very well by encouraging us to venture forth away from our usual Thursday evening endeavour.
I know Steve was a little worried as to whether his poses were not what people wanted but I have to say that as usual Steve was splendid, there certainly were sighs, moans and frowns and I was undeniably guilty of a few quiet utterances and several grimaces but that was entirely to do with my own inadequacy of ability and proof that my skills were being stretched as from time to time they should be.
Now everyone feast your eyes on the evenings hard won depictions and please feel free and brave enough to add a few reflections and feedback of your own, one liners will do, don’t get too carried away Roger S.
by Sandra Cowper
Paintings and drawings by Ben, Cathy, Hadyn, Ian, Ivan, Patrick, Roger H, Russell, Sandra, Sue, Tom, Tony and featured artist Roger S.