Happy to be home and drawing in SF! Signed up for a great figure drawing class at 23rd Street Studio. If you're looking for a nice studio with great models in San Francisco look into Michael's class! I spent the morning up in the loft drawing with a birds eye view. http://23rdstreetstudio.com/
Last week I sat in on a figure drawing session with Joe Steiner and a model he's been painting for over 10 years. Joe, now in his 70s, has identified as an artist his entire life. His daughter, Lisa (also a painter) and my mother we're great friends growing up. The Steiner family paintings were some of my first introductions into the art world. When my sisters and I were younger, we threatened to run away and sleep under an apple tree. Not long after our threat, Joe, Lisa and my mom were in our bedroom sketching out a huge apple tree that stretched from the floor and bent up onto the ceiling. I helped paint the apples and when we were done we put our beds underneath. 20 years later I find myself in Joe's basement in Skokie, Illinois, again, drawing together.
Many of his models are from the south side around his old studio on Howard Street. Instead of paying to lug his setup to a figure drawing studio, he invited people from the neighborhood to sit and pose for him in his own studio. You can see some of Joe's paintings on his website.
Over the past two weeks I've found myself sketching my grandmother, Joan. Here are some of the drawings I've made of her napping, during cocktail hour and while watching the sunset on my parents boat.
A few months ago I was lucky enough to jump in on one of my dads projects. He is an artist with insane ideas, and over the years has created extremely beautiful things. His most recent project was creating a custom steel stained glass awning to put on the front of our cabin (which he rents out by the way). We shuffled over 500 pounds of stained glass from Chicago to Green Lake County, Wisconsin and spent 3 days installing with the help of my dads good friends. My dad hand cut each individual piece of stained glass to fit. The good news is, if I'm ever in a bind and find myself needing another stained glass awning, I'll know how to make one!
Happy to be back in the studio drawing! Here's a sketch from yesterday at Lillstreet
I was able to drop in this week for Lillstreet's Figure Drawing Class - If you're ever in Chicago, come and sit in! The models are great and the space is beautiful.
Tonight's model broke his foot and injured his arm while modeling at SAIC on Friday :( I can't believe that he even came out! I'm sorry to say that I really enjoyed getting to sketch those deep purples and yellows from where he is healing...
Here's the link to Lillstreets figure drawing page: https://lillstreet.com/class/9193
Lillstreet Art Center 4401 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640