Our model yesterday, Stephanie, at Alive After Five, was very good. She came equipped with a goth outfit and black lacy umbrella. Her poses were so amazing that she stopped people who were passing by, and they paused to watch us sketch. Normally they stroll by and don’t even glance our way. Stephanie didn’t have a snake, her personality and outfit caught people’s eye.
We requested 2, 5 and some 10 minute poses. She was very good and came up with some great poses, even down to exaggerating her fingers. I just read an article about contrapposto, which means “counter-posture” in Italian, and Stephanie pulled some contrappostro poses off naturally, with ease. I was delighted that I was able to sketch these poses just after reading about them in.
Here are the sketches from last evening, you can tell the amount of time that I had per sketch by the amount of detail….
This one below, is a classic example of contrapposto….the torso is going in the opposite direction as the hips….the body counter balances itself to adjust the weight of the pose.
There is a group in the Patchogue area that maintains Lakeview Cemetery on Main Street. It is an old historical cemetery and comprises (historians believe) 5 separate cemetaries of various faiths.
The committee has been restoring and maintaining the graves. There are several graves of significance which were being commemorated on Wednesday. At the turn of the century, there were a couple of shipwrecks where bodies were retrieved from storms. These sailors were give a resting place at Lakeview cemetary. They were not locals. They were from New England…. These days, the bodies would be transported home, back in the late 1800’s, they were lucky when kind benevolent souls gave them a resting place.
The Memorial Ceremony was for these sailors and the locals that died in relation to rescue attempts during the storms that sunk the ships they were on. (They weren’t even going far by today’s standards, Maine or Boston to Maryland or vice versa). I was amazed that they knew the names of these sailors.
There was a special iron work piece made to beautify the site and that was also being dedicated during the ceremony to those that lost their lives. These sketches were done during the ceremony.