Working from the model is an immediate throw back to college days at the studio, drawing and painting Ellen, the infamous model at Miami of Ohio. It was never about getting it "right", rather about capturing the gesture, her movement, her body's connection to the space surrounding her. Somehow, I was able to do that, and loved it. Every model I have had since then, I compare to her and only a few come close. My daughter being one of them.
Thursdays are the days I religiously paint with a group of amazing women artists. In need of breaking up the still life routine, I suggested to my daughter that she might like to come and model (clothed, of course!). At 14, there's limited ways to make money, so she was game. She came with a big bag of clothes and spent the day changing up the outfits (what 14 year old girl doesn't like to do that?!). With each wardrobe change, she took on a new persona and gave us something fun and interesting to paint from. She was patient, attentive and able to sit still for such long periods of time waiting for us to capture what we saw. Although she is quite different from Ellen, she has that same special twinkle and magnetism that captures my attention as an artist. And watching her shine and inspire of others, makes me a proud mama.