Study in Saffron

I’d like to say that the picture I’m posting here is some sort of homage to pop art or digital creativity but that would be a lie. All I did was doctor a photo of myself out of sheer boredom. They say that “idle hands are the devil’s playthings”. I would modify that to “idle hands are the sulker’s time waster”. Man am I in a shiftless, dejected funk. So just for the hell of it I decided to bathe myself in yellow, a choice meant to be ironic in that my mood is far from the cheeriness of this saffron-like color. At least I was successful in obscuring the original background of this photo which was the drab model’s changing room at FIT. The yellow is better, trust me.

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Here’s my song choice for this Music Monday. The great, incomparable Aretha Franklin singing “Trouble in Mind”. Later friends.

19 thoughts on “Study in Saffron

  1. Kelly Borsheim says:

    Wow, what beautiful big eyes you have! Lovely to see this image. thanks, Kelly Borsheim, sculptor

  2. Carlo says:

    Sunny-bright for a gray day.

  3. coondude says:

    Beautiful.

    I’m an art model in Albuquerque, NM. I had 19 gigs in April. 4 instances of 2 in 1 day, 2 of 3 in 1 day. What’s your opinion on 2 things: (1) can you charge a travel surcharge for going out of town (in my case, that’s Santa Fe, 60 miles away) (2) is there such a thing as a “name” art model who gets more than the going rate?

    BTW the going rate here is $15/hour, sometimes with tips, sometimes not. How about there?

  4. Rob says:

    Nice photo!!! Sorry you have the blahs.
    Best!!

  5. cauartprof says:

    Claudia,
    Wow. Beautiful portrait! Hope those FIT students appreciate you.
    My favorite artist for the uses of yellow is Bonnard. Not sure I can attach his “Boxer” self-portrait to the post, if not, I am sure you know the piece.
    Best,
    Chris

  6. derek says:

    Lovely photo and a lovely song from one of the greatest soul singers of all time. This is someone from my generation. I also love Otis redding I saw him in London in 1966 he wrote “Respect” . She was the role model for such great singers like Mariah, Josh Stone. and Kelly Clarkson to name a few. Its a shame she has the disease I was diagnosed that’s why she hardly travels and she looks a like different. BTW lovely yellowish color very Warholish. I hope the kids are giving you the respect there at the school.

    • artmodel says:

      derek,

      Yes, the kids at FIT show respect. I’ve been modeling there for a while now. And honestly, Warhol crossed my mind after I took a final look at my little creation, lol!

      By the way, I am a huge fan of Otis Redding. You must have read my mind because I almost used an Otis Redding track for this post 🙂

      Thanks for your comments!

      Claudia

  7. Bill says:

    Sorry to hear that you’re funked out. The Mets did beat the Yankees — so at least something is Wright in the world, eh?
    Nice Aretha piece — thanks! I just wanted to acknowledge the death last week of Ray Manzarek — not just because I saw the Doors at my local club in August 1968 — a kind of magic moment for me (you too, if I remember correctly) — but because, despite the fact that Morrison got all the headlines, Manzarek’s keyboard was the distinctive aspect of the group’s sound. It’s a little like being a model — nobody looks at a painting and says, “What a great model!” There always someone in the background who makes it happen, but may not get the proper credit. So — a tip of the hat to Ray.

    • artmodel says:

      Bill,

      I join you in tipping your hat to Ray Manzarek. I was very sorry to hear about his passing. A guy like him, a terrific musician, easily gets overlooked when they play behind someone like Jim Morrison who was, to put it mildly, a bit of a spotlight-hogger 😆

      Watching Game 2 of the Mets-Yankees as I write this. Mets are down 1 – 0 in the 8th.

      Thanks for your comments, friend 🙂

      Claudia

    • derek says:

      Bill
      I too saw the Doors back in 1968 I know both Jim and Ray are now making music again in rock n’ roll heaven. I remember seeing the Doors opening up for the Who in 1968 during their European tour. Ray was a class act. Jim was a great poet singer but I get miffed at him for throwing his life away at such a young age 27 in 1971. what a bloody waste. My children loved the music that I used to listen in our youthful days.
      God bless to Ray …

      Derek

      • Bill says:

        You’re right, Derek — and yes, the music did live on. The beach club where they played here was torn down a long time ago, but I was recently sitting in a Subway restaurant just down the street from that spot when a Doors song came on. Off-season at the beach — it was spooky. The kid behind the counter was obviously enjoying it, and I felt like saying to her, “You know, not that many years ago, you could have walked right over there, reached out and actually touched these guys.”

  8. peter howard says:

    You might want to get your kidneys checked out!!!

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