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Royal Inn on the Park, London, 6 September 2018

15 September 2018

For my debut life modelling in a function room upstairs at the Royal Inn on the Park, I opted to begin with a new 10-minute pose: my right leg would be bent yet supporting my full weight, my left leg would also be bent and on tip-toe, and my left arm would be raised as if fending off danger from above. I should have foreseen the main danger was in fact an achy right leg that would fibrillate throughout the remainder of the first half…

This venue now hosts Adrian Dutton’s life drawing sessions on Thursday evenings. While the space was new to me, the format and many of the artists were reassuringly familiar. I followed the opening pose with three poses of 3-minutes, plus one each of 5, 15 and 20-minutes up to the interval. I took care to protect the weakened leg, but then ended up with dead arms when I reclined with them resting upon a wooden chair.

Artists vanished downstairs to buy more drinks. Meanwhile I was asked how I felt the Royal Inn compared with Adrian’s previous Thursday venue, Eastbourne House. After a moment’s reflection, I lamented only that complimentary cheese and wine could no longer be an option. Beyond that, each place has its own pros and cons. Purely from a life modelling perspective, I found it very comfortable here.

Two poses of 30-minutes concluded our evening’s work. Drawings were spread on the floor for general admiration and, as I roamed about, one woman told me I was the first male model she’d ever drawn. This was only her fifth time life drawing, yet already her work was of a very high standard. Similar for other artists who hadn’t previously drawn me. Reassuringly familiar or refreshingly new, it seems there’s a lot of talent out there.

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