A somewhat belated post about the March ABCD meeting: the photo above is to give you a taster (literally) of the fabulous lunches that everyone brings…
The day was spent making monoprints for a book that will be assembled next session. Pat Wolseley and Rowena Pearce Seddon had worked on a programme for this and the next meeting (April 28th), see my earlier post for how they went about this.
And for your diaries: the May /June sessions will be run by Ama Bolton and Jane Paterson, and take place on Saturday May 19th, and Saturday June 16th. These will be the last two meetings before the Autumn.
Today was the first of 5 life drawing sessions that will take place in the upstairs studio at the Dove during April and May. It was organised on an impulse, really, after a break of about 15 years from life drawing. I wasn’t the only rusty life draughtsman there: just about everyone who came was in the same condition. And so it was that we met today in the space that I had prepared with a mounting feeling of excitement and anticipation. Keith Langlois came over yesterday to rig up the lighting, and today I hung up the black backdrop, made a plinth from a pallet, and covered the old sofa in velvet. It’s Keith’s belief that you don’t have to ‘teach’ people drawing from life: if you create a set for the model with clear and dramatic top and side lighting, people will be able to ‘see’ better and will therefore draw better. In the event it was a hard, focused three hours of concentrated silence, and I was reminded of that particular quality and function of the life class: that in following an old tradition of gathering together to draw one of our own kind, we meet to probe, to accept and to celebrate our humanness.