Tuesday, June 30, 2009


I love art modeling. I'm gonna be that ninety-year old that freshmen hate to draw. Wrinkles. Oh! I have a freckle at the end of my nose. Not quite a mole, as would become a hag, but close. I love art modeling since students are trained to draw all kinds of people, not just the stick figures in magazines.

But I wonder, will I get gigs like I do now? Probably not. Beauty is an important part of most pictures. I originally began to model so I could look back and see my beautiful self captured in art. Now I just love being part of the creation and spark. With art modeling, beauty helps, but it's truly whether you can hold the poses. Is your body strong? So onwards with the yoga and exercise, you'll see me when I'm an old lady that's for sure - ugly or not.

By the way, my granny's turning 95 tomorrow. Bought her my one of my favorite books in large print. After doing some research in finding a photo, I came across a quote from Ann Althouse regarding H. Clinton's wrinkles:

We make high demands on women. A picture like this of a male candidate would barely register. … We need to get used to older women and get over the feeling that when women look old they are properly marginalized as “old ladies.” If women are to exercise great power, they will come into that power in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. We must — if we care about the advancement of women — accommodate our vision and see a face like this as mature, experienced, serious — the way we naturally and normally see men’s faces.

And so this goes on...since it took me a damn long time to find an image of an old lady I'd like to emulate, one who embraces fun beauty and won't let anyone take it from her, I present to you the Italian Vogue Magazine fashion writer, Anna Piaggi. It's so hard to find professional portrait photography of old women nowadays! Goodnight, and happy birthday grams!


tiffannysketchbook said...

I'd hire you no matter how old we get :D So you'll at least have one client! 8)

Waverly said...

Yay! I love modeling for you. Take care.

Natasha Haggard said...

When I was in college, my art teacher hired a number of 75+ models to draw, and usually these were the best kind of models:)

Waverly said...

I hope to meet them. I know of only one older art model. Dave Larson is very kind. He has a good reputation.

artmodel said...

Many elderly art models working here in NYC. A gentleman named Tram is in his 80s I think. He's awesome, and a fascinating guy. Also several females who are just superb. They are all extremely well-liked and respected, and like Natasha said, they are among the best models to work from.

Let's hang on as long as we can, Waverly, wrinkles and all! Oh, and I have a freckle/mole at the end of my nose too!!

Waverly said...

That sounds wonderful, Claudia. Let's!

Theresa Bayer said...

There is a lady who is close to Dave's age who models...ask Eve about her. She always has this little Buddha-like smile. She can hold a pose beautifully, and I've always gotten good drawings from her.

I've always enjoyed drawing the older models--there are few around Austin--all excellent.

Great post!

Waverly said...

Thanks Theresa! I hope to meet that serene woman one day. Take care.