Last night I posed for artists at the Nevada Museum of Art’s costume painting class. I wore the Revolution Dress I made last year, and dressed my hair in a simple pouf style.
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I was tickled when one of the students said I looked like Marie Antoinette, except more of a prostitute! LOL.
The pose was 3 hours, and after awhile you start to slump and squish into all kinds of weird positions – forgive me my bad posture and wrinkly bodice!
I was so flattered at the end of the night, when one of the painters, Dan, gave me his painting. Squee! Thank you Dan!
|Painting and photo of painting by Daniel Helzer|
I have to admit I was kindof jealous of the students – I wanted to be painting, too, so I intend to sign up for the class for next session as soon as it’s available for enrollment. 🙂
If you have a local art museum or college that offers figure drawing classes, it’s a wonderful experience to model your historical costumes and get to see how they are interpreted by different eyes and hands, plus the artists love getting the chance to draw things we never normally see – ladies in fantastical dress. 🙂
I will have a tutorial for you tomorrow on the simple pouf hairstyle, so stay tuned. 🙂
MaggieFebruary 22, 2012 at 9:14 PM
This is so cool! I really loved the resulting paintings from the last time you did this. It's so fun to see everyone's interpretations!
Lauren RFebruary 22, 2012 at 9:19 PM
I like to see the interpretations too – this particular class is wide open for whatever media the students want to work in, so there were oil painters, watercolorists, pastel artists, pencil. Very interesting.
Olympe de la Tour D'AuvergneFebruary 22, 2012 at 9:15 PM
I used to model in college for one of the art professors. He did a very nice full-length painting of me in my first sacque-backed gown that was shown at an art museum in PA somewhere. Sadly I did not get to see it in it's finished form, but the modeling was great fun, and he gave me one of the sketches he did of me as a graduation present.
Lauren RFebruary 22, 2012 at 9:20 PM
Very cool! How awesome would it be to visit a museum some day far in the future and see yourself on the wall? 🙂
Mackin-ArtFebruary 22, 2012 at 9:28 PM
I've modeled in costume both for a class and a portrait painter – it's surprisingly hard work! It was really interesting to see the different interpretations in the class. I've not yet been "face to face" with the portrait painters work yet – the thought makes me so nervous – he's done such fabulous work in the past, but it's different when it's YOU.
I love the portrait you received – just beautiful!
Lauren RFebruary 23, 2012 at 10:13 PM
It IS hard work! Who thought sitting still for so long could hurt, lol. Do post a pic when you get to see your portrait. I would love to see it 🙂
izzyfalloniFebruary 22, 2012 at 9:38 PM
The painting he gave you is so beautiful! Combination of fabulous model and talented artist! It sounds like a fun class for the artists, I would love it although my art skills are nowhere near the level shown here.
Lauren RFebruary 23, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Izzy, thank you. 🙂 There were all different skill levels in the class, and it seemed like a really supportive environment. The fellow who painted this one is an instructor at NMA – makes us all look bad, lol
ReadyThreadSewFebruary 22, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Wow, I can't even sit still while watching a film on TV so to sit for three hours would be torture for me. The artists created some amazing artwork though, so I can see why you did it.
Lauren RFebruary 23, 2012 at 10:15 PM
You get breaks to stretch, otherwise it would be pure torture!
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Hungarican ChickFebruary 22, 2012 at 11:17 PM
OMG I want that painting you were given, it's GORGEOUS!
JoFebruary 22, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Wait, you got to dress up in something pretty AND you walked away with an absolutely stunning portrait? Best day ever!
Lady CarolynFebruary 23, 2012 at 1:59 AM
You're lovey as usual. I knew they would enjoy you in this class! Next week they are doing a WWII, German Officer with all the bells and whistles on his costume. Jerry will enjoy you in class the next session.
Lauren RFebruary 23, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Jerry was telling me about next week's model. He's excited, and asked him to bring three different sidearms to choose from, lol. Dan said the next session is posted for enrollment. I'm SO there, even if I have to miss one for the cruise 🙂
CassidyFebruary 23, 2012 at 3:08 AM
That's so cool! And your portrait is lovely.
Kleidung um 1800February 23, 2012 at 7:18 AM
I'm very impressed! And what a treat about that beautiful painting you've received! Looks gorgeous!!!
Angela ReichelderferFebruary 23, 2012 at 12:55 PM
OMGoodness, the painting of you is beautiful – but then again, the artist had a lovely subject. Definitely an heirloom piece if I ever saw one! 😉
Lauren RFebruary 23, 2012 at 10:18 PM
I feel kindof weird about it – Chris likes it, wants to frame it and hang it up. I don't know how I'll like lookin' at my own self on the wall every day, lol
Green MarthaFebruary 23, 2012 at 8:16 PM
This painting is just fabulous !
I'd want to be painting as well if I were in your place 🙂