I was very lucky to be invited to model my latest 18th c. outfit for a painting and drawing class at the Nevada Museum of Art, thanks to Lady Carolyn, who recommended me to the instructor. I put together the casaquin and walking skirt with my Fugawee shoes, hedgehog wig, and a ribbon at the neck (which somehow seems to top the whole thing off).
It was quite an experience! We did one 3-hour pose, with short breaks every 25 minutes, and I learned that it is a bad idea to take a pose where any appendage is likely to lose blood and fall asleep. Tingly fingers, but it looked nice, right?
I was really amazed with the paintings and drawings. I couldn’t believe what the artists accomplished in only 3 hours! Here are some photos from the night:
Anne ElizabethNovember 23, 2010 at 9:11 AM
Highly impressive! I applaud to these artists. They captured you really well in such a short time. And I like their lively styles.
Also, I am happy that they allowed you to model in costume. Historism and realism are so ridiculed in today's world of art – you know, as being naive or conservative – that it is quite refreshing that these students weren't pushed into doing expressionist still lives instead. (Which I hated doing when they forced us at school…)
StephNovember 23, 2010 at 11:45 AM
Wow! What fun, and what a unique opportunity for the artists. Thanks for sharing this.
Mackin-ArtNovember 23, 2010 at 1:35 PM
I've done this before, in both 1860's and Edwardian clothing – you do need to be careful when picking a pose!
Love your outfit and the various interpretations of the artists.
UnknownNovember 23, 2010 at 3:02 PM
TiliaNovember 23, 2010 at 6:02 PM
Talented artists! And yes posing is hard work!
AnonymousNovember 24, 2010 at 1:12 AM
That is so cool! Love your outfit and all the portraits of you are so cool too!
LindseyNovember 24, 2010 at 3:19 AM
That's awesome! How fun!
Lauren StowellNovember 24, 2010 at 5:43 AM
Thanks everyone! I'm hoping to pose again for the class, maybe in the Baroque gown, or a new 18th c. somethin' I'm working on 🙂
AnonymousNovember 27, 2010 at 2:23 AM
Lauren! You absolutely rocked at that painting session! It was an incredible pleasure to paint you and your impressive clothing! I look forward to the next session!