As much as I missed art modeling these past couple of weeks, this particular holiday break apparently did me worlds of good. Although I put no conscious effort into it, I somehow managed to become rejuvenated, refreshed, and extremely well-rested. A real “shot in the arm”, as they say. Getting lots of sleep will do that!
The debilitating physical effects of art modeling are cumulative in nature. They keep building up after prolonged periods of work. You get more and more fatigued and more “broken down” with each job. But it’s certainly possible to bounce back when given a substantial period of rest. I don’t mean one or two days off. That doesn’t cut it.
The real proof of my re-energized state became clear to me, and everyone else, at Spring Studio on Saturday night. It was my first job back after the holidays, and it was the notoriously tough, grueling 4 1/2 hour long pose drawing session. Under normal circumstances, say after a full week of steady work, that Saturday night Spring Studio slot is a punishing, back-breaking monster in an art model’s calendar. But last Saturday, I glided through it with ease. I held so still, comfortably and consistently, from 6:00 to 10:30, I even amazed myself! Not a single shift, twitch, fidget, hair brushback, ankle or wrist circle. Nothing. I was a human statue. Control and poise are crucial for an art model, but friends, I took it to a whole new level!
So this superhuman feat was possible not because I’m the art model extraordinaire or because I have rare capabilities. It was simply because I was rested and recharged from the holiday break. For those of you who think “What’s so hard about sitting still? It’s easy!”, think again. That’s wrong on so many levels. It requires a great deal of energy to sit immobile for hours, make no mistake about it. And a long pose is a true test of an art model’s stamina. That my body wasn’t stiff and riddled with aches and pains by the end of the night was proof positive that sleeping nine hours a day for ten consecutive days has its advantages!
Luckily, my friend Jean Marcellino was at Spring on Saturday and recorded my awe-inspiring performance 🙂 And she kindly sent me an image of her wonderful drawing. Clearly, she served me as well as I served her. Thanks Jean!