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2013.03.02Life Drawing – 1 hour pose. Sunday, March 2, 2013. Greensboro Art Center

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I will be going to Long Pose Figure Study sessions in Raleigh, NC. Below is the info. You can attend 4 sessions for $48.

I will be going there on March 23, April 6, 20 and 27. You can join me on these dates if you want to share the ride. Or feel free to go on any of the dates below in your own car.

Long Pose Figure Study

Saturdays, March 16, 23, April 6, 13, 20, & 27 10:30am-1:30pm

Price for four sessions: $48 general / $40 members, students (ages 18 and up), and educators Drop-In Sessions: $16 general / $14 members, students (ages 18 and up), and educatorsEric

Long Pose Figure Study is a non-instructional session geared towards artists who want to work on one extended pose. It enables artists working in wet or dry media the opportunity to complete a figurative work.

At the first session attended, participants will receive a punch card good for four visits (participants choose four of the six Saturdays). Registered participants can elect to attend the additional two sessions at the rate of $12 per session/$10 for members, students (ages 18 and up), and educators. Non-registered participants will pay the drop-in rate of $16 per session/$14 for members, students (ages 18 and up), and educators. Students and educators must present ID.

Participants are required to bring their own supplies. Easels will be available for use.

A minimum of 10 pre-registered participants is required for the program to take place. To register please call 919.821.2787.


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In a Golden Room. oil and gold leaf on canvas
Last week I submitted my paintings for a local juried art show. There were supposed to be three paintings and I brought just one first out of my car. I brought this one – which as I thought, was the least “nude” figure. Just a shoulder, an arm and a profile face… It is not even a figure, it’s a portrait!

Two more paintings with much more obviously exposed parts of female bodies were left in a car. At first nobody said anything and I went back to the car to bring my other two paintings after filling my exhibition papers. A minute after I went outside, someone was already running to get me, shouting: “Alla! We cannot exhibit nudity in a bank!” (that’s where the show was).

Fair enough, I thought, and I took this painting back into the car and went home, just to return back again with three perfectly modest landscapes. No nudity.

Next day, at the reception, I was talking to the artists who were receiving submissions the night before. They told me: “Of course, your painting could not be acceptable. It had an exposed, erect penis”…..?????

Imagine my amused face… “Excuse me? What penis? Where?”… “Well, we saw it yesterday”, the ladies told me. Then the discussion unfolded, in which I explained to them that not only I did not paint any penis there, but I was not so completely out of my mind to bring the painting with a penis to a bank if there was one. They were a bit confused, but insisted they saw a penis for sure. Although, as one of the ladies noted, there were also two male artists present at that time, who said they did not see a penis…. “Aha! I said, so it means you saw there something what OTHER people did not see?! What do you think, I said, would Freud said about that?”

Well, my friends, although this is a story from a past, please, take a good look at this painting now. What are you seeing? Please, tell me if you see a penis on it or not.

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