Life modelling - more experiences of an old man

Following the rather bizarre experience posing for the group of students in the cold, dimly lit bar in Manchester, my next modelling session shortly after was rather more normal.

 One of my original emails, when I was looking for opportunities, was to a group run by the WEA near Chester and after a while the tutor came back to me and asked me if I could do a session for her on a Wednesday afternoon starting at 1:00 and running through to 4:00.

 While I was very happy to accept the request it did rather concern me as to whether I had enough experience to fill that length of time with enough different poses given that this was a more formal and educational group than the previous sessions I had done.

After an exchange of emails the tutor and I agreed a rough programme for the session which would start with a series of about five poses of one minute each, followed by two or three standing poses lasting between five and fifteen minutes and a couple of seated poses lasting around twenty minutes. This would then lead to a short break to be followed by a single seated pose lasting for the remainder of the session of about 50 minutes.

 This at least gave me a chance to think about what I should do and also an opportunity to try out a few poses at home while timing myself to find out how long I could hold them. While not necessarily a problem for the seated poses, the more dynamic standing poses can prove difficult and sometimes even painful with arms and or legs held in unusual positions for any length of time starting to ache or cramp up.

So I turned up at the appointed time on the day and confirmed the planned programme with the tutor and did the session as agreed. The artists, mainly ladies of a certain age, were all very pleasant and were all very complimentary, which given that this was only my third session, gave me added confidence for the future.

The session must have been a success as, before I left the studio that afternoon, the tutor had asked me to return for two more sessions a month later. Again I was very happy to agree but suddenly came to the realisation that in that intervening period I was going to have to work out a lot more poses to fill those three hour sessions.

Fortunately I had a number of art books and also scoured the internet to find a good number different poses that I could use, so I managed to fill the sessions satisfactorily.

Since then I have been working with the tutor for this group on a regular basis and have posed for nearly twenty sessions. Fortunately there has been some change in the artists attending over that time so I have been able to repeat some of the poses more or less as I originally performed them or with only slight variation.

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