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  • I attended a weekend Life Drawing/Painting workshop whilst I was pregnant with my third baby.

    there was the usual group of ardent followers clustered round the art teacher; who I feel are given more attention than newcomers.

    We had two models posing that day. One slim, twenty year old nude and one middle aged, plump model. Unsurprisingly most of the men gathered round the twenty year old.

    I drew the plump model who was a very colourful character who told us stories of the hardships that she had encountered whilst posing in freezing cold studios. I spent my lunch break with her.

    At the end of the weekend the teacher displayed all our work along a wall and proceeded to give very critical feedback. As a teacher I will never criticize a student in front of the whole group. He liked my pencil sketch but not my oil painting because he thought I did not flatter the model. I do not see the purpose of flattering a model. I like to paint what I see and celebrate differences.

    It was wonderful, though, to spend a whole weekend painting and enjoying the light and shadows changing throughout the day showing different aspects of the nude body.
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