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James or Jimmy Jim
02-16-2006, 12:20 PM
Terrible model. Flat light. Boring poses. Almost two hours of one- to five-minute poses. :( I left early and only have one drawing to show for the night ... oh, well.

Luckily, it just happened to be the opening night for the art centre's major art show and auction (two Bateman originals) - lots of people, hor'dourves and wine ... so, I mingled.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Feb-2006/33859-Man_1small.JPG

http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/4207/man1detail7wn.jpg

JamieWG
02-16-2006, 12:27 PM
Oh, geez, Jimmy! Who had the bright idea to do two hours of such short poses? Grrr! Sounds like you and I had similar art days yesterday---terrible! I'm glad you came away with at least one quick one to show us, and that you got some satisfaction from the art show opening. You can always come and complain here even without something to show you know....That's certainly part of Artwork from Life, especially in open studio! ;)

Jamie

Wayne Gaudon
02-16-2006, 12:35 PM
crap man, I would have left at the drop of a hat .. how can you draw anything in 5 .. I sure couldn't .. by the time my eye saw three angles time would be up .. you got one more than I would have gotten.

Hope the wine was good.

Later,

LarrySeiler
02-16-2006, 06:10 PM
good effort for such quick work..!

and I'll bet the Bateman show was worth attending!!! :)

James or Jimmy Jim
02-16-2006, 06:37 PM
Jamie - ha! I think it was my worst life drawing night ever. I'll set the pace next time. :evil: :D

Wayne, others left too. :D I don't mind a few quick ones (that one was five minutes) ... then on to the longer ones. He was a strange puppy too.

Larry, Bateman donated two small ones to the auction, as he does each year. He used to live here in Burlington ... in fact only about 15 minutes from me. The school that he taught at now bears his name. I can't seem to get the local officials to consider the JOJJ high school. :D :D

He has a new web site.

http://www.robertbateman.ca/

http://www.batemanideas.com/

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Feb-2006/33859-rmbchief757fa.jpg

JamieWG
02-16-2006, 07:05 PM
WOW, that's some painting!!!! Do you think he did that from life? roflol :D

James or Jimmy Jim
02-16-2006, 07:09 PM
He's one of those painters that we love to hate (not really), but he is good. Seems to have his head screwed on too.

midcoast
02-17-2006, 08:58 AM
Jim, You did well with the drawing here, given the circumstances. I would have headed out for the art opening too :)

As for Bateman - I love his compositions/designs. I don't like his photo-realism and grayish, overcast, dull lighting. He has some "inspired" pieces that use beautiful golden light, but they are few and far between. I do like his environmental stance, I must admit, and I admire his original lithos. And I wish I had a studio like his :D

Nancy

James or Jimmy Jim
02-17-2006, 09:47 AM
Thanks Nancy, I agree.

James or Jimmy Jim
02-17-2006, 09:49 AM
Robert Bateman:

'By the way, if you have a subject that does not change much and you are able to work in the field, it can be a wonderful alternative to photography. The real thing is great and has the added benefit of being out in nature with the smells, sounds, and general fresh ambiance. I used to only work in the field and made it a point of honour to never touch a painting after I left the field. Now I go from time to time to work on drawings and paintings ‘en plein air’ with no photo reference. I am usually with a group such as the international “Artists for Nature Foundation”. The point is still the same – good reference for your painting - whether in the field or from photos.'

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Feb-2006/33859-image16.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Feb-2006/33859-image19.jpg

Wayne Gaudon
02-17-2006, 10:26 AM
I once went to the Royal Art Museum and they had a collection of his paintings on exhibit. Some clown took a pencil and ran it all over one of the paintings. Can you say jealous? I'm not a big fan but the man is talanted; very talented.

James or Jimmy Jim
02-19-2006, 12:24 PM
I agree 100% Wayne.

It's funny how when you hear his name, the first reaction is ... yea, yea. Then when you see his work, you realise just how amazing his talent really is.

Katherine T
02-19-2006, 06:02 PM
Jim - thank you for introducing him to me. I think I agree with Nancy's point about lighting but other than that he is obviously very accomplished - and nice to see him value the plein air experience too. His ideas site was very interesting too.

And just you show those models who is boss next week!

James or Jimmy Jim
02-19-2006, 08:56 PM
Jim - thank you for introducing him to me. I think I agree with Nancy's point about lighting but other than that he is obviously very accomplished - and nice to see him value the plein air experience too. His ideas site was very interesting too.

And just you show those models who is boss next week!

Thanks Katherine. He is perhaps our most famous.