JENS MALMGREN I create, that is my hobby.

Suzanne 30th of October 2016

It is Sunday 30 October and I am on my way to a new fresh live model painting session at studio de Stoker in Amsterdam. Today the model is Suzanne, or Susanne or…

Last week I lost control over the time left while working so that should not happen today. It looks like the theme this season will be how I am processing the idea of Mr Carder from about avoid using white paint. I used a little bit of white last session and l perhaps I can try that today as well.

It is a little bit overcast today but not bad at all. This morning we entered daylight saving time in Europe so I turned my clock one hour back. I don’t like daylight saving time. For me they could remove that.

I noticed that people like images of nudes. That will not say people can express their appreciation on social media. For a painting with a nude usually only artist press the like buttons. The rest don’t. Years back I was thinking a lot about my feelings about this “dilemma” and one result of my thoughts is that I got perhaps a bit of a feminist. Being an artist painting lots of undressed women and at the same time having a chauvinistic attitude that is not a pretty combination. I got interested in women’s situation in general and I learned a lot. From here I came to start thinking about the challenges ahead for the people on earth and I started to develop the idea that perhaps the human kind will need to find new and innovative solutions for the challenges and perhaps we need to involve also woman in that process, just saying.

Now I am on the way home after painting Susanne. She came from Germany but had been to Brasil so she got tan lines and a brown skin.

It was difficult to find the colors in the skin. Susanne was tall and thin. Today came two artists I know from before Tom and Bas. Also, Karel was there and Saskia of course.

I tried to work without white but at 3 pm I pressed out the first white paint from the tube. We normally start painting at 1 pm until 4 pm so I at least held it for two thirds!

The bench was standing the same as for the previous model Maud. Somehow there is not much variation in the choreography of the model. The bench got pushed a bit to the side but from the spot I decided to paint that did not make much difference. It is difficult to get involved in the choreography because the model need to be able to hold it for the entire session and it needs to be interesting to paint. Usually I try to keep myself off side when the choreography is decided so that I would not get into an unnecessary conflict. While the model was trying to get into the pose she had her torso twisted at some point and that was nice.

The two previous sessions I was feeling lucky and pleased with the result. I am not sure about this painting.

I was born 1967 in Stockholm, Sweden. I grew up in the small village Vågdalen in north Sweden. 1989 I moved to Umeå to study Computer Science at University of Umeå. 1995 I moved to the Netherlands where I live in Almere not far from Amsterdam.

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I create, that is my hobby.