We decided to go for a two week pose at the Tuesday night session and attempt a Zhaoming Wu style pose and set up. Having studied with him I have some insight but even so its a tall order to try and emulate such a master. Our model didnt want us to take photos which was a possible route for me to attempt a more finished piece and of course we have the usual issue of rapidly changing light. So at the end of day one although I had produced a more subtle and sensitive painting (pan pastels) than I have been doing recently it was a bit boring and I didnt know where I was going with it or even if I was going to bother for the second week.
I am glad I did bother though, the opportunity for a longer pose would have been wasted and its all too easy not to persevere. Of course its hard to get the pose back, lots of things changed but I selected what I was going to change and what to leave as was and after all these years of life drawing I ought to have a bit of experience to draw on now. All in all I am happy with the 'atmosphere' - a big thing with Zhaoming, and although I could do more with the surroundings its OK I think. Our Tuesday night sessions are such a pleasure, I love my art tribe and everyone did really stunning pieces with the extra time and we definately all feed off each other. The consistency and conducive atmosphere has been really helpful to my progess.