Wednesday, June 13, 2007

A long, long time ago...

Snowsparkle wrote about renewing her interest in sketching and about considering the idea of posing in the nude, allowing an artist friend to capture her as she is now before gravity has its way with her. I've always wanted to have one of those bodies that make people gasp but even when I was young and taut and lithe I didn't have classical lines. Still, as a teen I modeled for a local artist and his sketch group. Being youngsters, we were not allowed to model in the nude (we wore leotards) but we were drawn and sculpted as such. Recently, the son of that now deceased artist unearthed some of his father's statues. He contacted me and gave me this - I haven't seen this statue for almost 50 years but I can still feel the quiver in my arm muscles from holding the pose.

9 comments:

meggie said...

How nice for you to have that memory!

Mother of Invention said...

What an amzing full circle happening! Had you ever thought about it since doing it? I bet you never thought you'd end up with it.

snowsparkle said...

pauline! how wonderful that the artist's son provided this statue (and a window in time) giving birth to this story. thank you for sharing this. it's so cool that you and firebird both have modelled for artistic pursuits. now i really want to join your club. :) big hugs, snowsparkle

Lee said...

A lovely keepsake. I've always wondered about artists models and how they manage to hold a pose for so long without cramping up.

Hann said...

Oh how lovely! What a treasure to have.

Pauline said...

MOI - I posed for this group for three years and never thought to ask for any of the sketches or statues, though I'd seen a number of finished ones. I was transported when I saw this again - oh the memories that came flooding back!

Lee - you go somewhere else in your mind and stay there until beckoned back. Unfolding after holding still so long is painful!

shara said...

Like a little goddess, perfect, and I love the way you have it photographed, with the shadows and the profile so nicely shown, it's lovely Pauline. Makes me smile every time I see it.

Barbara said...

I love it that you have this way of remembering yourself in a bygone era. It's beautiful!

Cassie said...

Beauty is indeed timeless. Don't ever pack this away!