How I got to the Yoga Painting and other mysteries

in #art2 years ago (edited)

If you have followed my previous posts you will see that a friend of mine named J posed for me.

J has posed for three works. He first posed in the Burning Man painting called "Portrait of the Tribes".

J is featured along the bottom of the painting seemingly to stare at the model dressed in the garter.

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The following year J posed for this artwork:

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You can view the original blog here:
https://steemit.com/art/@morangallery/figure-painting-start-to-finish

This year: 2019, J posed for this work called "Après Le Bain"

Here is the work as it stands now:

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Here are the sketches that began in the morning.

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J was drawing me in these sketches.

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After the bath, the pose is found:

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I found this drawing so fun and worthy of a painting in itself.

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J posed quickly for the actual painting. Here are the progress shots:

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This brings us back to the state of this painting is now.

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So the question remains... How did I get to the Yoga Painting?

Well I owed J. He invited me to paint at a festival that he worked very hard at making a success.
This festival in Santa Barbara was called "Stoked".

J's performance throughout the festival was song, spoken word and dance. His voice and song would be coming through the speakers as a troop of dancers would be performing routines. His creativity was a constant presence and I was proud of my friend.

One night, J performed on stage and I drew his performance. When the performance concluded I gifted him the original drawing. This was the least I can do as the original painting "J" paid for my recent trip to Taiwain.

Here is this drawing from a late night stage performance:

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To get to the yoga painting I first began with sketching yoga classes. I would show the sketches to the models and ask if they would pose for the painting.

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One model who agreed was an aerialist named Lilly.

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One cool moment was sketching the breakdancing class.

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So here we are, the path to the creation of this painting is now revealed:

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The Yoga painting:
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If you take a moment to reflect on the journey you may realize why the focus of this painting was feminine.

Please visit
http://www.morangallery.com lists "après le bain" for sale.

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