After about four weeks absence last night Lizzie and I returned to Brighton's charming little public house The Bee's Mouth for more life drawing. It was the busiest I've seen it, which makes me suspect there have been a number of Brighton based New Year's Resolutions made around being more creative. Everyone seemed happy to squash in and the atomosphere seemed more open than usual. People talked a little, drawings weren't hidden quite so fast. It was nice.
The lady (her name escapes me) who normally runs the show was on holiday and
the twist of this week was that the class was being run by one of the life
models (her name also escapes me but she made it into the second drawing below). Doing the actual modelling was the original
model from our first session in the curtained back room. I think his name is
David...thought it is quite possible his name has escaped me. "You'll be
happy" Lizzie whispered to me and she was not wrong. David....if that is
his name, I can't be certain.... is perfect to draw, a long thin strip of
knotted muscles and elongated limbs. He looks like an Egon Schiele selfportrait in the flesh.
I mixed things up like a mad man....instead of using black in I used sepia
coloured ink! I know, I'm pushing the boundaries of free thinking and
creativity almost to breaking point. The sepia pens were a gift from my
neuroscientist hypnotherapist friend Lynne and I needed to break them in. It's
pretty nice drawing in brown for a change.