Gestures

 The Honest Gesture

     Traditionally, figure drawing sessions are approximately three hours, broken into 20 minute segments.  The model takes five minute breaks between segments.  Artists usually spend the first 20 minutes warming up, that is, drawing 30 second, 1 minute and/or two minute poses.  The purpose of this exercise is to “feel” the pose rather than to “think” about it, to “get loose.”

I have spent about six hours per week studying the human figure since 1987. Initially, I worked only in dry media, charcoal, pencil, crayon, etc.  Only after a number of years did I feel I had enough knowledge of the figure to add the element of color to the gesture “experience”.  For my gesture paintings, the model assumes a pose for four minutes. I paint these pictures in that span of time.

Each painting is a culmination of what I have learned from my constant observation of the figure and from my experience in visually expressing my sensations in response to a model’s four minute pose.  When I paint gestures I am learning to focus on my perception, to experience and express my emotional and visceral reaction to that visual input. Painting a model doing gesture poses expands my consciousness in the realms of sight, sensation, and emotion. I do not reflect.  I do not consider.  I do not judge.  I do not anticipate.  I am in the moment.  I respond—that’s all.

AK Glass

 

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04174 Count Down
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04222 Leaving Gomorrah
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04221 Sun Queen
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04204 Trangression
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04343 Tight Rope Walker
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04320 Red Head
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04296 Ego
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COMPETITION WINNER
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04540 Humble Trustee
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04604 Belly Dancer
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04668 Athlete
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04666 Moon Struck
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04660 Repose
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04681 Again
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04671 Settled In
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04669 Yes OK
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04701 Who Me
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04700 Hey You
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04688 Upswing
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04709 Second Look
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04706 Tracker
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04705 Itch
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04702 At the Bar
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04720 Now
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04719 Comfort Zone
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04742 On the Move
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04755 Contemplation
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04766 Oath
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04765 Tell Me Again
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04775 Winning Instinct
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04768 Taking Measure
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04793 Hot Stuff
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04814 Action
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04809 Tip Toe Out
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04810 Where is It?
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04620 Moving On
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04816 High Horse
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04818 Holy Moley
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04817 Greetings
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04808 Yes!
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04625 Back View
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04836 Mine
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04835 His Own Drummer
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04839 Africa
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04832 Tall
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04831 Impatience
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04855 No Regrets
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04856 My Time
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04857 Edgey
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04865 Heady
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04868 Confusion
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04869 Well Now
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04873 Yoga
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04880 Delighted
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04879 Free Thinker
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04893 Puddle
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04890 Tilt
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04894 Stretch Up
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04888 Ah Yes
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SOLD
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04889 Easy Living
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04898 Sweet
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04902 Bug Bite
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04903 Lost in the Water
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04905 Refresh
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04907 Satin Dol
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04908 What Was It
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04909 Proud
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04919 Thrust
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04921 Determining
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04923 Taking Action
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04927 Craw
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04928 Dreamer copy 2.jpg
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04929 Thinking copy 2.jpg
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04931 It's Me copy 2.jpg
04931 It's Me copy 2.jpg
04933 Dust Up copy 2.jpg
04933 Dust Up copy 2.jpg
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04936 Swinger
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04938 Stretching
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04940 Hippity Hop
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04943 So There
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04946 Poise
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04947 Twisted
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04948 So What
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