Tuesday, 3 June 2003

Monday's Life Class

So we drew a man today for the first time in ages. Concentrating on hands because most of us just try to avoid them. I was also trying not to concentrate on the genitals - having once been told that I had to put them in (cos I was leaving them out) and then being told I'm putting them in more detail than the rest of the drawing therefore attracting the eye to them - I wanted to get it just so...oh the politics of the male anatomy.

Monday Night's art class is brought to you by the Candid Arts Trust a friendly organisation providing open access sessions and more formal taught courses in both life drawing and painting. Its behind Angel tube, Islington - first left down City Road. Contact: The Candid Arts Trust, 3 Torrens Street, London EC1V 1NQ, Tel: 020 78374237.

Was talking to M about discussions on travel - great if you have common experience (ie having travelled to the same places and therefore being able to discuss) but not great when used as a tool for one-up-manship (i've been to a bigger, better, more exotic, more remote place than you). Travel is often about one-up-manship. Was once accused by SH of being a travel snob - when I was trying to be pale and interesting and shunning the hot holiday and resulting tan thing she said that it was because I didn't want to be like the masses who were swarming to Spain. Similar to older times - fashionable ladies had pale skin because they stayed indoors, working ladies had tanned skin because they worked outside. Then with the advent of cruising and aeroplanes - the wealthy had tans to show that they could afford to travel to foreign exotic and hot climates, the poor had pale skins because they had to stay at home. In the 80s the tan was popular again because travelling abroad became so cheap and everyone could do it - which was the point in time I was accused of being a snob.

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