My First 40 Years
Aisha 1996 graphite on paper 14x10” $900
While in Rochester, I began advertising for students and apprentices. One night a week we’d have figure drawing sessions, and when we had fewer than five students, I’d do a drawing alongside them, both to demonstrate and for the sheer fun of drawing the human figure.
I ended up with some very good beginnings, but was frustrated that I couldn’t finish them because I had to spend lots of time teaching the students who were paying good money for instruction. I decided to try to finish them in the studio the next day… could I do it? To my surprise I could remember a LOT from the previous night… it was still fresh in my memory. I did about 20 or 30 drawings like this, never from photos since models don’t like photos taken of them in the nude. (I can’t blame them.)