This is not a panhandler on a corner downtown. It’s one of the models on the stage at the BAy Area Model’s Guild Marathon in Oakland yesterday. I was there 10am-4:30pm with only one break long enough to head to the bathroom and eat quickly! A very intense environment, packed with artists elbow to elbow and stages with 2-3 models clothed and non-clothed on 4 different stages simultaneously. I positioned myself between the 5/10 minute and 20 minute stages and swiveled back and forth.
Here I’m trying to channel Toulouse Lautrec, whose amazing museum in Albi, France I visited last spring. He painted on something like cardboard or brown paper. All I had was craft paper, pretty poor quality, probably not acid free, but the right color! So I’d painted a few sheets with matte medium and brought them along. They turned out to be my favorites. I suppose I could try to mix an acrylic that color to coat my paper with?
More sketches tomorrow. . .