I'm fortunate enough to live in an area rich with people of talent and accomplishment. There's a group of writers and artists who are aimiably, and in varying degrees, connected--- and they live within a 15 mile radius of each other.
Jeffery, Ippy, Elizabeth and Allan I've already mentioned here. There are others, but as I haven't asked their permission to mention them, I won't do so today. Sometimes I feel as if I've been set down, dreaming, in Bloomsbury. Or, more recently, in Charleston, the country home and studio of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant.
Tuesday and Wednesday I spent many hours drawing a live model at Ippy's house in the country. Ippy herself looks like a cross between Frida Kahlo and Virginia Woolf, so the Bloomsbury overtones were especially strong!
Our model was Shawn, a friend of Jeffery's, and he was very inspiring, with his dense muscularity, and powerful facial features. Drawings done on 18 x 24 newsprint with 8b pencil or Caran d'ache Neocolor II crayons or on 11 x 24 Bristol board.
Can you tell I was having fun with my Sky Blue crayon? The two days of drawing Shawn were a perfect idyll. The weather was very cool (almost English!) and Ippy's place is so serene and remote---Shawn was able to walk around the property nude and to model for us on her deck, with only us and the mourning dove for audience. Here's a resulting drawing. I would say he reminds me here of a Rodin sculpture, but we were in England yesterday, not France.
Wedding photos are in! Will post a few this weekend.