I know standing naked in front of a room of strangers is not something everyone would want to do but last week I was able to tick off an item on my bucket list. I have always wanted to model for a life drawing class. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I really enjoyed the experience. I had to do a variety of poses for different lengths of time. Strangely enough I never once felt ‘naked’.
I pondered the reasoning for this and came to the conclusion that it was a combination of comfort – comfort with the people who were drawing and comfort in my own skin. I have never had a ‘beautiful’ body that would warrant exhibiting. I don’t have the need to show it off. It is simply the freedom to be bare that I love. Being naked seems like a perfectly normal and natural state to be in for me. Add the fact that it is then a source of inspiration for creative expression then why wouldn’t you?
The most intriguing element of the night for me though was observing the observers. While in my poses I was in the unique position of watching the artists create. Each one using a different technique to render my form on paper, each one sending off a different vibe, each one focusing on a different aspect. In my peripheral vision they looked like pigeons eating bread crumbs – heads bobbing up and down as they glanced and drew, glanced and drew. It was quite serial.
I can tell you I have never looked so colourful, full, flowing, womanly, abstract and divine in real life as I did on the paper displayed on the easels. I loved looking at what the different perceptions captured. Really it wasn’t me, it was the energy of me – so lovely.
If you ever get the opportunity I would encourage you to have a go. If not life modelling then dancing naked, swimming naked or laying naked under the moon! It is how we arrived in this world and if we can get past the ‘layers’ of social acceptability, then you can revel in the deliciousness of it. Go on, I dare you….