Back in the swing of things.

Life class today with our great teacher 
Sheila Rice

.    This has been *really* hard in previous weeks and I was wondering whether I was getting anything out of them.  No fault of Sheila – she’s a great teacher and knows just how much to intervene/when to leave us be.
This week was a good week and I was extremely pleased with today’s efforts.   I was using the Charles Reid palette of cadmium red,  cerulean blue and raw sienna/quin gold and I amazed myself how much I could get done in 15 mins.  
I was working on cheapo Strathmore paper as we get through quite a lot when doing the earlier 30 second gesture drawings but it didn’t hamper me too much.   I always find the paint dries extremely quickly on Strathmore and this wasn’t helped by an extremely hot day.  This forced me to work more quickly than normal and it paid off.
The one above was the best of the day.

I gave up on this towards the end (note – no feet!) as I thought it was a disaster but looking at it afresh I’m quite pleased.

Last one of the day and I struggled for a while with the fact I’d given her a rather large moustache.

A good pose – and none of those pesky facial features to get right.   Somewhat tentative on the feet again (10 mins).

First of the ten minute poses.

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