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83a Geffrye Street, London, 27 November 2018

4 Dec 2018

The room was warm and in time filled with artists to near-capacity. Conditions outside were damp, but my journey had been quick and I always feel comfortable here at The Workshop in Hoxton. We started with a 10-minutes pose, three of 5-minutes and two of 3-minutes…

I rotated through a sequence of tense, angular, dynamic stances, always making sure my chosen pose would take me to the edge of discomfort within its allocated time but never beyond. My experienced body was doing exactly as it should, yet my inner light felt a little dull tonight. I wondered if artists would notice. We can’t always radiate.

Two poses of 15-minutes took us to a half-hour break, during which a fine selection of breads and dips were laid out for a complimentary feast – this was an Adrian Dutton London Life Drawing group, after all. I partook of some bread, tea and two Bourbon biscuits before completing the session with two poses of 30-minutes.

I began the second half perched on a low stool then set to pondering whether I should stand or lay down for the last 30-minute pose. Both options seemed unsatisfactory for one reason or another so, as my main concern was being fair to artists on all sides of the room, I ended up staying on the stool but turned 180°, slightly shifting posture.

When all was done, I photographed the drawings – good work again here – put on my clothes, and readied to depart. On my way out, I was complimented on the hard work I put into my poses. Maybe a lack of core strength simply makes them look hard, but it’s nice that the effort is noticed. Inside each static life model is a human struggling.

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