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More Musings from the Model's Side of the Canvas

Posted by Elissa Baltzer on February 25, 2012 at 1:15 PM

I spin moments out of thin air.


I weave stories into stillness.


Like the idea of a butterfly frozen in ice, which tells a story of flight interrupted, I tell stories with my body of moments outside of time. I could be telling your fortune gazing into a crystal ball. Perhaps I am a shamanic preistess divining from the stars. A lover smelling the subtle scent of a rose. A warrior fierce and ready for battle. I could be anything. Each movement creates a different pose, a different moment of a story which exists for seconds, minutes or hours, as the artist's hand, eye and heart interpret and capture what that movement in stillness means to them. It is a cross section of a tale laid flat on paper or canvas or scuplted into earth so that it can be apprecaited and understood by others. Throughout this process learning happens. Studies of light and shadow, and the shades between the two, take place. Angles of legs, the tilt of a head and expression are observed and noted. Visual measurements are taken by the artist. Studies of colour are done. Until we arrive at the final result of all of this understanding and work...the capturing of an ephemeral moment.



A costumed pose from a themed model session at UQAM, Montreal.

Photos by Marie-Lyne Veilleux the sessions fantasic moderator.


Categories: Life Model/ Modèle vivant

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4 Comments

Reply Melissa
7:11 PM on February 25, 2012 
Amazing image in itself. At first I was drawn (pun not intended) to the costuming, the candle in hand, your leg, and then ... I saw the difficulty of the pose with your foot flexed and up. My sense is that you're looking at the artist(s), but from this side there are still lots of neat lines and angles highlighting your pose. Thanks for sharing!
Reply TheArtofAprilAnna
6:04 AM on February 29, 2012 
ohhh how beautiful! I would have loved to be in on that drawing session!
Reply Elissa Baltzer
9:33 AM on February 29, 2012 
Thanks Melissa! :)

Melissa says...
Amazing image in itself. At first I was drawn (pun not intended) to the costuming, the candle in hand, your leg, and then ... I saw the difficulty of the pose with your foot flexed and up. My sense is that you're looking at the artist(s), but from this side there are still lots of neat lines and angles highlighting your pose. Thanks for sharing!
Reply Elissa Baltzer
9:39 AM on February 29, 2012 
Thanks Aprril-Anna, this was a fun session to do. I always find the costumed sessions very inspiring as a model. If ever you are interested I can send you info on this class. Marie-Lyne does a costumed session once a month and it's open studio which means anyone can go and draw.

TheArtofAprilAnna says...
ohhh how beautiful! I would have loved to be in on that drawing session!

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