Kristin La Flamme here, cooing over my weekly artist date.
A few years ago I came to the realization that the more into quilts and textile art I became, the less I was actually drawing. As a result, there were subjects that I was purposely avoiding because I knew my skills were rusty. I decided that I needed, no, wanted, to draw more. A lot more.
But what should I draw? Attending a regular life drawing class or session appealed to me because it takes me back to the basics of art school, it's scheduled, and I feel that if I can draw the human form I can draw anything.
It took a move to a new city to find a group that met at a convenient time and place, but the wait was worth it.
I arrive with no agenda. Life drawing is so different from my textile art that it doesn't feel like work, and I don't worry about anything fitting into a theme or concept. As one of the other members of the group says, we go there to explore. I try different drawing or painting implements. I focus on gesture, or maybe the face. The poses range from three minutes to more than 25 and still we rarely finish anything.
Maybe some of these drawings will form a cohesive work someday, but most likely not. As Julia Cameron said in the video Traci posted, we must woo our consciousness on these artist dates and fill our creative wells so that later we may fish from them. I look forward to the Thursday morning group and I miss it when I can't make a session. I'm excited each week to see what model we will be drawing. I leave the sessions energized and in a creative mood. That to me is a great date.