On October 14th, Anna Stump, an accomplished San Diego based artist and educator, gave a live drawing and painting demonstration at Sparks Gallery, which I had the good fortune to attend. I got there a little early and was able to peruse the current Physique exhibition, where Anna is represented, and the reason for the demonstration with live models. I was near the back of the gallery when I heard the music start.
As I approached the front of the gallery, where a table was set up for Anna, she was already posing one of the models while the guitarist Kyle Wright (of the Gunner Gunner band) was riffing on the Beatles ‘Blackbird’ on his acoustic. When she was satisfied with the pose Anna sat down, her tools setup and ready, and started to draw. It was mesmerizing watching her. There was no hesitation, just referencing and drawing. Within a few minutes she had a fully realized drawing and was ready to change the model’s pose and continue. She made two sketches of each of the two models, which took only a few minutes for her to capture. She told us later she does the sketches to get comfortable with the models and their form.
Anna Stump is an artist and arts educator living in San Diego. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Occidental College and her Master of Fine Arts at San Diego State University. She was a Senior Fulbright Scholar to the Fine Arts Department at Anadolu University in Eskisehir, Turkey in 2006-2007. She teaches studio and art history courses at San Diego City College and Grossmont College.
~From the Sparks Gallery Event Page
After she was done with the sketches everyone took a break and Anna took some questions from those in attendance. After the break was over Anna again posed the models, this time for painting. Using gouache, she first created outlines and then started to build, layer by layer. It was a captivating dance of brush to paint, and paint to paper. The twenty or so in attendance took turns looking over her shoulder, watching the painting take form. After about 20 minutes Anna had a fully realized piece, beautiful in process and finished product.
Within 90 minutes it was all over, four pieces created and ready for display. Whoever adds these sketches and paintings to their collection will have a fun and well documented story to tell about how they were created. Check out these, which are now available for purchase, and the other art available in the Physique exhibition, on view through November 6, 2016.
October 23, 2016
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