End of an Era

“Vaudie III, 11 by 14 inches, oils on canvas”

Painting models from life is a precious thing. Over the years, I’ve learned just how rare it is to find a painting group that meets on a weekly basis. Several things must converge: a studio space large enough to hold several artists needs to be available (no easy thing in the Bay Area), professional models need to be willing to sit for long periods, a chief organizer needs to wrangle said models and artists together, and schedules need to be available that permit for said wrangling. It also helps if everyone gets along too!

I am leaving one such precious group with a move from the big city to a rural town. As such, “Vaudie III” has a tinge of melancholy. The painting group that I’ve been a part of for about a year and half will be sorely missed.

Vaudie I

Vaudie II

Over time, we painted the same models on several different occasions. As my skills improved, I also got better at recognizing the shapes in these people’s faces. It was truly an revelatory experience, and having the same fellow painters to share it with only built upon on our camaraderie.

While I’m blue at having to leave this club behind, I’m also extremely excited for a new development: a home studio!

It’s still under construction, so it’s a bit of a mess at the moment. I simply cannot wait until I get to move in completely and make it mine. It’s part of a remodeling project that I have been working on with the help of friends and family. The project has been all consuming, but I’m sure the final product will be well worth the time and energy we’ve been pouring into it.

I’ll miss you, painting group. This room will become the new home of my artistic adventure. So many developments are racing along that it’s hard to keep track of them all. I hope to document them here in greater detail in the coming months!

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