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The Star by Hackney Downs, 8 September 2015

10 September 2015

“I can call the time after 5 minutes, if you like,” offered Carla. “No, it’s fine, let’s just do it,” I replied with excess confidence whilst part-squatting, part-kneeling in a precarious balance atop a high stool. “All right,” announced Carla, “this is a 10 minute pose.” The fire entered my limbs before we’d reached halfway, but our Radiohead soundtrack was the perfect balm…

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This was my first pose after the break during what was my first visit to The Star by Hackney Downs since April. I closed the session with a rather more comfortable, if admittedly less interesting, seated pose on the edge of a couch. 15-20 minutes later we were done and the evening’s works could be admired in a vast spread occupying the whole of our upstairs floor.

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When I’d arrived at the pub, the group’s co-coordinators – Catherine Hall and Carla Nizzola – had almost finished setting up. All new boxes of materials were ready and waiting for artists to help themselves. After a brief skirmish with the sound system, a quick cough and a drag, and the procurement of an art-enhancing bottle of red, they were ready to go.

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Short poses preceded the break. In a departure from tradition, I started with 5 minutes reclining on the couch, then perched upright upon a low stool for 3 minutes. 2 minutes standing were followed by three 1-minute poses and three 30-second poses. After this energetic flurry, I was glad to be seated again for 10 minutes, and finally folded double on the floor for another 10.

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The evening finished with seven of us – one model, two coordinators, two artists and two dogs – taking our tipples to the tables outside for a spot of après-art chit-chat. In such good company it would have been a fine night out even without our drawing and life modelling. Instead we had it all and I can’t wait for enough months to elapse that I can enjoy it again.

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2 Comments
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    Text has gone a bit awry on pic 8. How the hell did you hold that first pose?

    Kind Regards

    Amanda Jenner

    07565 3333 87 http://www.feelgoodpainted.co.uk http://www.facebook.com/feelgoodpainted Twitter @feelgoodpainted As seen on TOWIE http://www.feelgoodpainted.co.uk/towie-behind-the-scenes/

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    • Excellent post, Steve. As a life model myself, I can appreciate “the fire entering your limbs.” I like the idea of the artist, coordinator and model meeting afterwards to tip a few. So often those sitting behind the easel have not idea that there’s a human being standing on the stage.

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