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Anne Wehrley Bjork sketching
Anne Wehrley Bjork

Figure Drawing Statement:

Anne Wehrley Bjork

Measuring and comparing the relationship of each part of the body to the next in the air with an imaginary ruler, continually attempting to make each part proportional, analyzing the angles, and the positive and negative shapes, solving the never ending Puzzle, is what makes figure drawing always a fascinating, challenging experience. Drawing not necessarily the face, but the arms and legs, and particularly the hands and feet continually presents a different problem to be solved with each new pose and each new model.

Figure Drawing Statement:

Ree Wilson

I drew when I was a boy. My efforts were to make “realistic” pictures. That desire is still with me but I have loosened up a little, hopefully. For every drawing I am willing to share there are many I am unwilling, and reject. Color has been secondary to line but Iam using it now more or less spontaneously and like its surprises.

For many years I didn’t draw at all. My career was in the food business, and I retired as Executive Chef at the Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort. I also took music back up for a few years as a serious amateur and was lucky enough to play in Saxton’s Cornet Band and the Lexington Brass Band. Most importantly I am happily married and enjoy my life with Judi and our animals.

One last word on my work — To have found opportunities to draw the human form; to have made friends in that setting has been an unexpected and profound experience. I hope to continue making discoveries about myself.

Figure Drawing Statement:

Cissy Hamilton

Live figure drawing sessions provide an opportunity to practice drawing and painting without distractions in a calm meditative setting. Observing the model enables the artist to focus on line, shape, gesture, light and shadow. Positive and negative space, composition, and often the addition of color are also important elements. Short poses of one minute to fifteen minutes help with quick decisions and fresh drawings. Thirty minutes or more can seem like an eternity but are good for more in depth work.

Cissy Hamilton, a Kentucky native, has had a lifetime passion for art. She received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and returned to Louisville to teach art. A move to Lexington several years later with her husband led to magazine work with The Thoroughbred Record Magazine which began her interest in Thoroughbred racing. After retiring from a career of teaching art in 2014 at The Lexington School, she began painting fulltime with a studio at Artists Attic. She has studied with Dawn Emerson,

Kim English and Kathleen Hudson and continues to learn from the talented artists at the Attic. As a member of the Plein Air Painters of the Bluegrass she paints on location whenever possible. For many years, the University of Kentucky life drawing sessions have provided valuble practice for drawing the human figure. Cissy has participated in many juried shows including the American Academy of Equine Art, Rezny Gallery and New Editions Gallery. Her work is in private collections across the country.


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