Another great model today. I still haven’t spoken to very many people during these life drawing sessions, but I am on a nodding and ‘bonjouring’ level with several of the regulars. There aren’t many English speaking people here, or maybe they are like me, just not saying much. I did have a little conversation with a woman the other day. It was her first time here, and between my French and her English we managed just fine.
Actually, other than the normal social niceties, the pardons, and merci’s, there hasn’t been a lot of conversation happening. Everyone is pretty focused on their drawing, and most people tuck their finished drawings away at break time, so there is not really an opportunity to make a comment on their work and strike up a conversation that way.
Life drawing is really almost a form of meditation, there are no thoughts about anything other than being in the moment, seeing and reacting to what you see. In a way it is important to stop thinking about what you are doing and just let your eye be connected to your hand. The brain can get in the way, telling us what we think we know rather than letting us see what is actually before us.
This is one of the biggest problems people have when they begin to draw. They will draw what they think something looks like rather than really looking and seeing what they are looking at. Once a person really learns to see and draw what they see, they will begin to improve their drawing skills quite rapidly.
The drawing sessions have a schedule for poses; the noon class has 3 x 5 minute poses, + 2 x 15 minute poses, repos ( rest) for 15 minutes, 2 x 20 min, repos 15 min, 2 x10 min + 5 x 5 min. I do kind of miss the fast 2 minute warm us we usually start with back home, but getting used to this routine.
As I was getting ready to leave, the model for the next session arrived and I was so tempted to stay for another three hours. I decided to head for home, as I plan on doing both sessions tomorrow. There is a male model the second session and there aren’t many male models. Only four for the whole month; I missed the first two and there are only two more sessions with a male model, and one is tomorrow. I’m curious if this is because most people want to draw females, or if there is just a shortage of men who want to model?
This is my favourite Metro line, the M4. It takes me to my drawing class in about a half hour. The only reason there is no one waiting is because the train just pulled away. Notice on the board, that another one is due to arrive in just one minute! I am still amazed at the efficiency of the Paris Metro. This morning the train was absolutely jam packed for the first five stops, standing room only, and squishy standing room at that! Some people needed to step off the train so that the doors could close; it was quite the experience. We are so used to a bubble of personal space around us, and that is certainly not the case on these packed trains. My face was inches away from several people and somehow it was OK, everyone is very polite and of, course, everyone is in the same situation.
Taken through the window on the M2. All the stations have brightly coloured chairs. Usually there is a big advertising poster on the wall, but this station had graffiti, which, by the way, is absolutely everywhere. Most of it is just vandalism, but I have seen some rather interesting graffiti that would be classed as street art. I’ll post some of that another time.
And, this is where I do my blogging. I do have a table and chairs but the bed is very comfortable, I can see out the windows, and rest a bit at the same time. I am also have on my ‘wash and wear’ top. I only brought one short sleeved top, thinking it was fall and that I am usually too cold rather than too warm. Well, today it was 28, like 33 with the humidex! It has been way too warm to wear long sleeved tops, so this one gets rinsed out every night.