|The Bride Wore Cowboy Boots|
10 x 8
This painting was one of the 20 minute warm ups that we do at the start of each model class. It really helps my students loosen up and approach the subsequent long pose with greater focus. In 20 minutes, you can only think of big shapes, major values, and large gestures; the rest is impossible and, as we repeatedly discover, unnecessary. We are always delighted by the fresh vigour of these painted sketches when we put them against the wall for a critique and just to admire.
There were a lot of elegant, refined paintings that came out of these weeks with our model, but my heart is still with the dazzling sketches that preceded them.