Hello, hello, helloooooo!! I’m here everyone! Sorry for not posting the past few days. Just been immersed in my newest modeling gig at Janus Collaborative School of Art. I’m happy to report that it’s going really well 🙂
The school is located uptown in East Harlem. Way uptown, on 117th street. Although getting up there is a bit of a schlep, it’s a very nice change. Most of New York’s art/art modeling activity, with a couple of exceptions, is oriented downtown. Well, let’s say south of midtown. But getting to Janus means a journey into “el Barrio”, or Spanish Harlem, a lively, exuberant neighborhood of shops, fruit stands, and community centers. Amid the hustle and bustle, just east of First Avenue, tucked up and away in an old brownstone, is the Janus School. As magnificent, superior north light streams down into the studios, serious art students explore the beauty and challenges of the academically-rendered human figure. They tackle anatomy, perspective, proportions, all the good stuff. And clearly they love and appreciate their models. The traditional schools always do.
I snapped a few pictures of the Janus School:
These drawings on the wall should give you a strong indication of the Janus approach toward art. Figures, figures, figures, anatomy, anatomy, anatomy. Speaking as a professional artist’s model, I approve!
There’s that awesome north light slicing behind the easels:
I haven’t been posing in this section of the studio, but I’d like to someday. It’s a really cool open space:
Although I’ve already emailed her, I want to again express sincere thanks to Liz Adams-Jones, my old pal from the National Academy, for referring me as a model to Janus Collaborative. I’m so grateful to her. The art field, like so many others, relies a lot on networking and relationships. Art schools and instructors have often gotten their best models through referrals, and many models have gotten their best jobs through referrals. It’s a wonderfully synergistic thing. So again, thanks Liz!!
I’d love to write more but I’m a bit tired as I’m sure you understand. I’ve been doing a standing contrapposto pose every day for the lovely students at Janus. They asked, I obliged. So right now I just need to chill out, watch TV, and find out what’s been going on in the world outside of my art modeling bubble. I’ll be back very soon!