Finding models

18 x 24
Self portrait with red scarf
14 x 14
Painters are always looking for people to model for them - for cheap - and I'm no exception.  While I go to a weekly figure drop in and pay for the pleasure of painting from life, I also find other ways to procure a face to work from.  

My son has been a great model over the years because of his penchant for losing his favourite technologies and being too broke to replace them.  A couple of years ago I bought him a replacement phone, and had him work off the cost with regular portrait sittings.  We listened to audio books in the studio, and it was actually a great way to spend time together.  And we both got something out of the deal.  

This week, his camera vanished, so I'm happy to say that I have my model back!  Well, I didn't really want to buy another camera, but there you go.  He works for less than a professional model, and I figure I'm fostering his creativity by replacing the camera, so this is still a win for us both.  The painting at top was done in the time it took to watch an action film on my laptop, stationed on a tall table at his eye level.  Amazingly, he didn't take a single break, or twitch!

Aside from bribing my children, the other way that I get a model is to look in the mirror.  Though the model moves frequently, and squints too often, I do enjoy painting a self portrait and have many in the studio.  

I've heard of painters offering small paintings in exchange for sittings, and I may explore that down the road.  But, until then, my new camera owner will do just fine. 

Happy painting!


Connie said…
Great ideas! I love the idea of books on tape. That is always my salvation on a long driving trip but never thought of it while painting a portrait. Hey, bribes are good!
That's a good quote: Bribes are good!
Moms invent their own laws and moral code, don't we?

Thanks for reading, Connie.
Karen Oliver said…
OK, let me put my name on your list of wannabe models, especially if you are offering a small token painting as a payment! Just think of all the colours you could put into make grey hair!
Lots of purple and mint, Karen, but definitely not a blue haired lady! You're on the list!

Alice Helwig said…
I would sit for a painting! But only once. Then I want to be the painter LOL
I get that, Alice. You and I would be useless at modelling: too chatty and too eager to paint!