Monday, January 18, 2010

Toasty warm + Five & Dime

This last Wednesday, I arrived late at 270 Sherman North expecting to suffer as I had the previous time. Wrong! So much for expectations. There were more people (seven including myself),  more light, and it was luxuriously warm. Also I underestimated the space – I would say it was easily the size of a football stadium. I was also wrong about windows. There were rows of huge frosted windows all the way around the open space on all four walls.
But there was no water in the women’s toilet, just in the men’s. that’s because without something amiss we wouldn’t feel at home.

Click on the images below to enlarge:

Charcoal 20" by 26" - 20 min pose

Here are some of the studies  done a week ago on James North, all 2,  5 and 10 minute poses:

Charcoal 5 minute pose manilla paper

10 minute pose

5 or 10 minutes on manilla, charcoal

2 minute warm up pose


  1. I am in awe, serious awe of your beautiful charcoal gestures. I'm so happy that you went back and that it was cozy warm. You show a great deal of skill in these and I hope they'll continue to inspire you as they have me.

    The smudging for shadowing is very effective.

  2. Melinda, Melinda,
    You inspire me! You know how to make one glow with your unstinting, unreserved and unqualified, enthusiasm and encouragement. I can't thank you enough for that!!
    Virtual hugs, xo, Marcia

  3. Hi Marcia,

    You are such a masterful, missterful (?) line
    maker. Wow! I am blown away by these drawings,
    floating whole classes at OCAD into my brain
    again, lost lines, lyrical lines. Yummy work.

    Love Barbara xoxoxoxoxo

  4. Thank you dear Barbara

    You of all people are the grand mistress of line!
    As you know I am a faithful wife and I don’t allow myself to be a mistress – much as I’d like to be now and again. Just kidding. Why dear, do you provoke this silliness in me?

    Love, xoxoxoxoxoxo

  5. Marcia, these are wonderful studies: i love your instinctive lines and shapes. r.

  6. Hi Rahina
    Thank you for visiting! I love the fact that both in your blog and your comments, you generally post in the lower case, not unlike e.e. cummings. Your comments are always gracious and I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful paintings soon!!!