As I mentioned in my last blog post, at the Phoenix Art Museum, I happened upon a great sketching opportunity - a lovely dancer in frequently changing dynamic poses. I love to draw from life. Drawing from photos just doesn't compare. Only in life does one get such light and space. In the process of visualizing the shapes and angles in three-dimensional space, I lose myself. Only a live model brings her life energy to the sketch. As you could see from my last blog, I spent hours in quick sketches, but wanted more. So I asked her to model for me. She liked the idea too! I was thrilled. Here is a figure drawing of Stephanie during our first studio time together. What a fabulous model Stephanie is - beautiful inside and out. We plan to have more sessions in the months to come. I'll share my drawings and you'll get to enjoy her more too.
Feb 5, 2016 First Friday @phxart #phxartff Is she real? Whoa, she is. What? There are live models here tonight. I run home, grab my sketchbook and pencils, and run back hoping she's still modeling. Yes! Fast poses, but so dynamic. You can tell Stephanie is a dancer. Fun and challenging. What a wonderful surprise. I concentrate on seeing shapes and angles and presto, a lovely girl. I hope the PAM will have live models again. Love sketching from life.
Jan 23, 2013
This past weekend, as part of a Spirit of the Senses salon held at the Bentley Projects Gallery in Downtown Phoenix, Mark Pomilio discussed his art with the participants. Mr. Pomilio described the evolution of his current body of work consisting of large charcoal geometric drawings on paper that were then mounted and displayed on more than one intersecting plane. In his description, he alluded to the various tests and experimentation needed to develop solutions to problems of materials and engineering. As I listened to his description of the evolution of his work, I was acutely reminded of the inevitability of change, not only in the natural world, but also in our creative process. And change means risk – the risk to try something new and to experience the unfamiliar.
Mark’s multi-planed pieces inspired in me the momentum to move forward with some ideas that have been fermenting in my own process for some time. My own creative juices flowed. The intersecting planes of his pieces confirmed the possibility, and even certainty, that solutions do exist. For some time, tossing and turning in my mind’s eye has been the restless idea of combining the acrylic/watercolor techniques that I’ve been developing for awhile with a dimensional surface. But how? Until now, I had not yet actually undertaken the experimentation needed to discover a means of accomplishing my vision. Today, that vision took a significant mental leap.
With this leap, I am also reminded of the power of sharing with others. For a while, I have tended to isolation, but this past weekend, springing from the seed of my willingness to experience something new i.e. Artlink’s second annual Collector’s Tour, the universe coalesced to provide the psychic fuel that sparked
my own creative experimentation. That psychic fuel was listening to Mr. Pomilio and viewing his work.