I met my students' parents last weekend for conferences and a couple of them were artists. One of them teaches a drawing course, focusing on anatomy, at the Springfield Art Museum. He kindly invited me to come to his class... so I did!
For two hours I stood in front of the scupture worked on this drawing. The sculpture is a recreation of a Michaelangelo. Don told me this was created as Michaelangelo was nearing death and was having trouble rendering realistic figures; the figure is meant to look as if he is in agony.
I could've just sat in my apartment or outside drawing, but I needed the extra push. I have not spent much time on art at all and the only artists I am surrounded by are my co-workers and students. I wanted some outside inspiration, a new atmosphere, and a fresh outlook on drawing. Where I work, I am the one expected to inspire my students, I needed the same for myself.
... and man, did it feel good.
(18in x 24in, pencil on paper)
Although a teacher, I am an artist deep down through and through. I needed this artistic "getaway" to reinvigorate my inner artist.