This week I went to one of my favorite regular figure drawing haunts over in West Oakland. The music is awesomely eclectic. There are snacks and coffee and beer. It has a very informal and friendly atmosphere. People chat while they draw, but there’s no pressure to talk if talking and drawing is hard for you. The model stand fits inside a french door frame, which creates lovely compositions. It has gotten popular in recent years, but somehow the house continues to accommodate everyone. It has definitely been a major support for me in continuing my art practice. If you’d like to check it out, here’s the meetup.
One of the fun things about this group is drawing the Fibonacci sequence, which is something I’ve never seen at another figure drawing session. It’s not something that happens every Tuesday, the standard times are 10 2’s, 4 5’s, 2 10’s, and then 20’s for the rest of the night. However, the Fibonacci sequence is different, the length of the pose goes 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, and 55 minutes. This makes every drawing unique in the amount of time (except for the first two warm up 1’s) and you get a couple of longish poses out of it.
My intention for this evening was to play with some more fauvist-ish colors. I went there for the 13 and 21 minute poses, but I relaxed back into more natural colors for the longer poses.