I have spent my entire day outside of my comfort level – sick. That was not part of my plan. Instead of spending the day relaxing with my boyfriend on his day off, I spent the day recovering at his apartment while he went to the store, bought me Zicam, and took care of me. So I almost did nothing challenging of my own volition and didn’t blog. Almost.
Challenging task of the day? I admit to all of you that I want to life model. If you don’t already know, a life model poses for art classes, often nude. An old friend of mine and amazing person who taught me a lot in life, used to pose for the Rutgers University art department when he wasn’t singing opera, and I’ve been curious to try it ever since.
A couple of weeks ago, I began the task of attempting to gleam some concept of how to begin the process of modeling for NYC art classes. Tonight, I continued the by researching more art departments, emailing a contact at the Art Students League of New York about the possibility, and discovering a great new blog about a life model named Claudia who writes about life, modeling, and art. You can find her at http://artmodel.wordpress.com. FYI, the site does contain (appropriate) nude paintings, drawings, and a few photographs. I’ll be reading her blog in the days to come, and I’ve emailed her to see if she has any advice for an actor/singer who has solid training and experience in holding poses but no experience as a life model.
Although I doubt I’ll post any samples, I hope to report soon on this new artistic tack. Unquestionably, posing for long periods of time would teach an actor with low blood pressure like me patience, persistence, and a new, unexplored level of artistry. Now to continue my research, get some rest, and feel better.