Coffee spill

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I’m taking a figure painting workshop this weekend from Randy Sexton in Crockett, CA. It’s two full days of painting a beautiful model both nude and clothed in exotic gowns. Although I was excited about the workshop, I was also exhausted and stressed after a very difficult week at work, topped off by spending Friday evening doing my taxes (ick!).

Early this morning I packed my oil painting gear into my rolling cart, stuck a big thermos cup of coffee in my backpack, and rushed off to Crockett. As I got out of my car I felt my back suddenly go into spasm. Across the street another workshop participant was unloading her supplies. As I waited for her I tried to stretch my back by doing a sort of Downward Dog yoga pose holding onto the handle of my cart.

I felt a searing hot pain go down my back. At first I thought it was another spasm and then realized it was hot coffee pouring all over my backpack, down the back of my light green shirt, and dripping onto my shoes. I’d forgotten the cup was in my backpack and worse, had forgotten to close it all the way.

I managed to enjoy the class today despite all of the above. We did multiple 20 minute paintings and then a couple 40 minute poses. It’s quite a challenge to do an entire oil painting in 20 (or 40) minutes from a model, but extremely good practice. Most of my pieces today were “scrapers” (scraping off all the paint to reuse the panel) but maybe tomorrow with longer poses I’ll have something worth saving (and posting).

Now to go take a painkiller and rest up for tomorrow’s class — which will start even earlier thanks to stupid daylight savings time!

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  1. Any chance of you taking digital photos of the paintings before you scrape them back? I often feel like I can only post images of ‘preliminary’ stuff when I have something I like to show at the end.
    What are you putting in your thermos tomorrow?

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  2. Jana you keep me in stitches. Please do enjoy your class and keep the lid tight.

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  3. OMG what a funny story althought not for you at that moment – you are an artistis trooper!!

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  4. Oh my — I’m so sorry, but I laughed and laughed — you delivered this story so brilliantly! Hope the workshop continues to go well. 🙂

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  5. Well, I sympathise on the back issue, but love that Downward Dog (with downward coffee!)

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  6. Wonderful sketch – sorry about the story – I hope your back’s on the mend. Regular cycling has pretty much fixed mine.

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  7. Jana! Holy Moly, girl — I so admire your ability to even concentrate after a start like that!! I LOVE the sketch and could only MOAN with you … I sure as heck hope yesterday was mUCH MUCH better!!

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  8. Jana, I’m so sorry it hurt and burned, but, damn, it was fun to read about! Your sketch looked even more painful—I thought that was blood dripping down! And I thought you were going to sketch models in erotic gowns! And I said to myself, “That Jana. Always up to something!”

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  9. Isn’t it great to be a responsible, thoughtful adult! *snicker* Love your story and hope you are okay.

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  10. Jana, only you would sketch this event!! And I know it was not funny or fun for you (as I am sitting here with a bag of frozen peas on my knee from sliding on the ice in my driveway just a few minutes ago!!). I’m glad you didn’t scrape back the 2 first paintings as I think they have a great energy and feeling them – I especially like the one with the blackish robe. And your “sketch” is a favorite of mine, too. Well done. I can’t imagine getting an oil painting even 1/2 way done in one of these days.

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  11. Isn’t that rather expensive to scrape paint off and start again. Wouldn’t it be cheap enough to use another canvas. Canvases are about $4 or $5 dollar in some of our shops here.
    I love the way to are bold with red colour. I haven’t met people who do oil paintings in such a short span of time.
    w.

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  12. Well, I sympathise on the back issue, but love that Downward Dog

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