Dead of Winter – Drawing and Painting Slam

Steve Carpenter’s studio has hosted this for the last 4 years. I had seen flyers for it – but like a lot of these type of things it took place on a Saturday and I wouldn’t be able to go due to work.

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A couple of days beforehand my full day appointment contacted me to let me know that he was ill and was not going to be able to make it. I hate to be excited about anyone contracting pneumonia – but in this instance it did allow me to get out of my shell and go play.

The event started at 10 and I arrived a few minutes afterwards to a room incredibly full of people already drawing and painting. There was a great spread of food available and I added my organic strawberries to the lot before finding a place to draw from. The side with the female model seemed more populated – so I stuck my head around the corner and saw that there were still spaces left on the side with the male model.

Everyone was friendly. There were people there that I recognized form Monday night figure drawing and some that I see when I take classes at Steve’s. There were obviously lots of old friends visiting and new ones getting acquainted. Even in a relatively large crowd I felt very comfortable.

I only brought my little sketch pad as I didn’t know how much room would be available.

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When I got far enough with this one that I was getting worried about messing it up I decided to pack it in. I don’t like bailing on the other artists at the shop and there was still lots to do at work. Said good bye and snuck out while there was still lots going on.

I am grateful for the opportunity to create in different media in different environments. I appreciate everyone putting this together and especially Deb VanWert for encouraging me to go even though she was unable to make it.

I think next year I will try to schedule the time off to spend the whole day. Maybe I will even try to paint. I didn’t realize the models would be in the same pose for the entire time.

~ by justteejay on March 1, 2015.

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