I take a life drawing class on Tuesdays. I have to admit, it's a love/hate kind of relationship.
I hate it because I'm a perfectionist and this is not a class that is about perfection. It's about improvement. I hate it because it stresses me out ( see above reason). I struggle most weeks to make my drawing look like the person; sometimes I come close but more times than not, I don't quite get there. And gesture drawings...yikes! How much can you put down and at the same time be accurate before the pose changes? Sigh, so I hate it.
But, I also love it. It helps me develop my artist eye, so I can see more clearly. It is challenging. It's helping me improve my paintings -a lot. I'm doing something I never thought I could do. And yes, my drawings actually look like the person sometimes. So, I love it.
We will soon break for the summer. Painting class will continue but life drawing will be off for the summer - I'm a little sad but also ready to stop for awhile. Somehow, I will have to make myself practice so I won't lose what I've learned and hopefully will come to love it more and hate it less.