An art practice is an interesting thing. It has a life force of its own and changes and matures with the growth of the artist. I have been participating in the monthly Figure in Costume painting events at Arte Verissima Studio for almost a year now. The studio has become somewhat of a second home, a place to network and share ideas with other artists and learn from the unique experience of portraying the live figure.
There is something really special about these sessions. The models are generally top notch and always wear an authentic costume that is high quality (no Halloween junk!) and period specific. Themed music accompanies the session, along with coffee, bagels and good vibes. Experiences like these are what make art worth it for me and they just can’t be found elsewhere.
I myself have also helped out at Figure in Costume and pitched in my time on the other side of the easel as the model. If you ever want to learn how to become more empathic, try being an artist and an art model simultaneously! I am modeling at the next session on February 16 and the theme is “Viking”. If you live in the Bay Area, love to paint the figure and would like a unique experience, I highly recommend it.