It's a typical Sunday morning in the drawing studio, a model is posed on the platform. I find myself considering the challenge. I know the first pose will be awkward-all arms and legs at odd angles. Ignoring the difficulty of the drawing exercise, I am looking for spaces between body parts, shapes in unexpected places and shadows defining who this model really is.
Even in this short three minute pose, I am gathering information which will guide my next painting. Close observation of live models or landscapes will result in an abstract work that is reality-based and grounded in the real world. I can't be satisfied with recording only what I see on the surface. The real world often hides and challenges me to extract its meaning.
We find out what we need to know by taking apart what we see.