My big new art modeling gig is just 36 hours away. Friday morning, 10:00 AM sharp, I will stroll into the New York Academy of Art for my first day of work. I’m excited! Not experiencing any butterflies or nervousness, thank god. Just hoping I get a good night’s sleep and wake up feeling well-rested, well-stretched, on top of my game :crosses fingers:
This will be the first time in over two years that I’ll be posing in front of people who are completely unacquainted with me. I’ve been working in the same places for so long, that every time I pose there are several artists, or at least an instructor, who knows me well. Familiarity is a delight, it’s true. The comfort level, conviviality, and intimacy can’t be beat. But Friday morning will be a special treat because I get to experience that “one time only” sensation of presenting myself for the very first time. Strange sets of eyes in a strange new studio, they’re going to size me up, assess me, evaluate me, study me. Bring it on! For my part, I’m relishing the opportunity to step onto a “virgin platform”. It will be my Neil Armstrong on the moon moment. I don’t know why it thrills me so much, but it does.
The one thing I’ll miss Friday morning is not being greeted with the usual “Hi Claudias!” and “Good to see yous!” I’ll probably hear instead, “Who the hell is this bony broad? Can she pose? She’d better put up that shaggy mop of hair so we can see her neck, dammit!” Just kidding 😆
I’ll have to get used to calling the New York Academy of Art “the Academy” and remember to keep referring to the National Academy as “the National”. (Written shorthand in my planner it will be NYAA and NA). Don’t want to get my academies mixed up. Two very different places, especially in geography. The National Academy is on the Upper East Side, on 89th Street, across the street from the Guggenheim. The New York Academy is way, way, way downtown in Tribeca. Watch me get on the uptown subway by mistake!
In due time I hope to have an image of a New York Academy of Art painting for the blog. That would be terrific. There are very talented, hardworking artists down there and I really look forward to seeing their artistic interpretations of me. So as the class progresses I’ll sidle up to one of them, do a little sweet talking, and ask coyly, “Can me takey piccy for my bloggy?? Pwetty pwease?????”.
In the meantime, the uptown academy – the good old NATIONAL Academy – has produced more paintings of me than any other school in this town. I’ve been working there the longest and have a sentimental attachment to the place. Way back when, it was the National Academy that “broke me in”, when I was a new, emerging artist’s model.
Curt Altmann was kind enough to send me this image of his painting. It was created very recently in Nicky Orbach’s class at the National, and we enjoyed our laid-back Saturday mornings. Not only did Curt render me so strong, dramatic and assertive, he also brought me coffee from the deli! Now THAT’S how you treat a model. Bring coffee. We are eternally grateful 🙂 Thanks Curt, you’re a sweetheart! And thanks for the pic. I love it.
New York Academy of Art . . . here I come!