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Tim Eden. Reimars 02. 2013. Charcoal on paper. 295 x 400
Tim Eden. Reimars 02. 2013. Charcoal on paper. 295 x 400

Tonight we had Reimars sit for as at the Portrait Drawing Group.

After each pose, the sitter will generally get up to stretch their legs and have a quick look around at some of the work the artists have completed.

I find that one comment seems to come up more often than any other – ‘gosh, I look like a bit of a grump don’t I!’

I can understand what they mean but I never see it that way. I feel that when you allow yourself to be relaxed and expressionless – as you need to be if you are trying to hold a comfortable pose for 20 minutes or so – then this can often translate as frowning. Often the next pose will see them attempt to put on a happier face, only to look awkward with a forced smile that will slowly drop away as time passes.

I try not to worry too much about whether I should make them look happy or not, my aim is just to draw what I see. I much rather the natural, relaxed face of an expressionless model and know that if I can successfully capture this pose, you get the feeling of being able to see right into their soul, unencumbered by any forced persona they might otherwise try and project.

Tim Eden

Tim Eden is an Adelaide based figurative artist who paints mainly in oil. The principle theme throughout Tim’s art focuses on our existence and shared connectedness within a universe of energy. Tim’s work has been described as thought provoking and emotive.

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