Monday, May 01, 2006

Studying Art

Studying Art by David R. Darrow 11" x 14" (27.94cm x 35.56cm)
Oil on Canvas Panel SOLD Collection of Kay Crain
Defiance, MO – USA

About This Painting

This is a much looser, expressive painting than my usual fare. That is both on purpose and by the nature of its creation.

In the past I got together with a group of other artists that chipped in and hired a model or two to paint from. The camaraderie was wonderful, the smell of turpentine and oil paints in the air was intoxicating, and the models were always engaging.

Getting together to paint on a weekly basis presents many challenges, not the least of which is to pose the model in a new way that pleases everyone. Sometimes the model has his or her own ideas, other times they show up and ask "What would you like?" — and we pose them.This time we simply handed the lovely model (who is also an artist) a large art book and she assumed this restful pose.

The downside of group painting is that when you strip away the model breaks and painting preparation, there are only about 2 to 2.5 hours of actual painting time, so the whole painting process occurs very quickly.Circa 2005

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