Gabriella Dellosso is teaching a painting class at the National Academy this summer in lieu of Sharon Sprung, who’s taking a well-deserved and much-needed hiatus. I’m currently posing for Gabriella’s class, and we’ve all been having a grand old time. The pose setup is a first for me. I’m at the beach! Donning my skimpy string bikini, I sit under a colorful beach umbrella, with a beach blanket under my feet. The artists are doing a great job capturing our imaginary seaside sojourn, painting in sun, sand, and a beautiful blue horizon in the background. I’ve been joking around with the class that the only thing missing is a hot, studly lifeguard 😉 Calling all buff male art models! Please report to Studio 2 at the National Academy, and bring Speedo, ASAP!
Since I promised my readers – or threatened depending on how you look at it – that I would start bringing my camera to work so I could take snapshots of the life model’s daily environment, an idea came to me today. With the vast spectrum of bright colors offered by our pose, I noticed how dazzling all the palettes were. Gorgeous pigments squeezed out, mixed, blended, shiny and wet with oil.
The palette may be just a slab of wood, board, or glass, on which an artist lays and mixes paints, but that is according to pure objective definition. It’s much more than that, and it’s not objective at all, but highly subjective. The palette is a reflection of the artist’s overall vision of their work-in-progress, their approach to painting, and their attitude toward color. Also, the appearance of the palette mirrors the artist’s individual personality, and expresses their temperament, thought-process, and work habits. Whatever the case, palettes are like snowflakes – no two are exactly alike.
So I spent my breaks today snapping pictures of palettes, sneaking around people while they were trying to paint, erasing shots I didn’t like and re-shooting “do-overs”, and generally annoying everyone.