Month: July 2010
When I model, I like to put as much of me as I can into the artist-model relationship – so I like to put talking and/or singing as part of the mix.
There are two things that I want to stress in working with models, and I think that both are important. I want to recognize people when I have seen them before, and I want to remember them between sessions where they model.
Maybe the only impossibility that is real is repetition. The only reality that is not new is newness. At the same time, “novelty” is not new, because doing something to-be-new is “old hat.”
I have worked with many subjects, and with many students, from nursery school into graduate school. As I have studied “teaching people,” I have learned that the “who-being-taught” is always more important than the “what” that is being taught to them; and that the one result to look for, in all of us, at every point in the process, is delight.
I got my first assignment as a teacher when I graduated from high school at sixteen years old and was asked by my pastor to prepare a ten-year old girl for her first communion. I was scheduled to enter St. Charles Seminary as a college freshman that fall. Maybe this was in some way a “suitability test,”
A colleague wrote: “I am not sure what would motivate someone to participate in a workshop program based on modeling for art as the theme.” To me, the theme is more accurately described as “modeling for these artists.”
Naturists, or people who practice a clothes-optional lifestyle, proved especially good as models (this comfort I had learned only after long practice), because we did not need clothes to make us comfortable.
The third poem is one I especially like to use when posing along with a person I am particularly fond of. I have used this working with several different people in different situations, so the fondness is different each time. The poem is by E.E. Cummings.
Over the past weeks my wife, Beth, and I have watched a few movies which portrayed relationships of various kinds. Three of these movies are classic triumphs: To Kill a Mocking Bird, with Gregory Peck; John Huston’s exposition of James Joyce’s The Dead, and Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn in The African Queen.
Very often I have heard people say that to model, all you need to do is take off your clothes and be there. I think that modeling especially involves self-presentation.