In Memorium – David

It is with great sadness we acknowledge that David Peake, long time model member of the Life Models’ Society, has passed away early Sunday morning, 21 February 2021.

David was also an accomplished artist where his presence either modelling or drawing, was always welcomed, as his warmth and personality were infectious. He was a very popular model due to his exceptional poses and was a stalwart at the Whitehorse Artist Association’s life drawing sessions run by Rosemary Price where he drew and modeled. He will be dearly missed by those who knew him and those who drew him.

David battled motor neuron disease in his final months and passed away with his family by his side. The Melbourne life drawing/modelling community will be that little bit smaller and quieter without his presence.

-Patrick

March New Model and Member Workshop

Our next new member/model workshops (hosted over Zoom) is scheduled for 14 March, 14:00-17:30 approximately.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Life Models’ Society (LMS) must attend a workshop. This helps allow us to vouch for you as a responsible model, and to help you understand the modelling environment in Melbourne.

In the workshop potential model/members are tutored by very experienced life models who will show them through various poses; explaining what to expect at a modelling session for artists.

The workshops are a very good way to develop physicality and to get the good oil on what to do in front of your audience (usually made up of very grateful artists).

All the good, the bad, and the slightly awkward issues are covered here and will conclude with potential models ready to go out and get work within the art world. Some of the potential models are asked to work in the LMS salons, so artists can experience drawing models on the LMS list.

Anyone interested in registering for the March workshop should click the link here for more information.

In Praise of David P

We wanted to thank David who is a LMS life model and WAA artist for his wonderful work with us over the years by making this special presentation.

Below is the article and photos that were published in the January 2021 Whitehorse Arts Association Newsletter plus some of my drawings of David from the WAA Life Drawing workshops. Sadly, David has motor neurone disease and is rapidly declining. Our love and best wishes go to David and his family.

David has been part of our WAA Thursday afternoon life drawing family for ever.

He brings with him into our midst love, light and laughter. Working on either side of the drawing board as our model, or as a fellow artist David’s pursuit of art is dedicated and serious.

As our model, David’s unique signature poses are often (not always) an intricate tangle of bony arms and legs almost impossible for us to decipher. (David confesses he often includes extra arms and legs to confuse us!) With his most wonderful “Old Testament prophet’s face”, bony body and expressive hands and feet, these poses are the utmost challenge to our abilities and are always a joy and delight and inspiration to us. The one problem with these poses is David is not free to do a drawing of himself!

As a fellow artist David draws with dedication and love. The notable qualities of his drawings are their sense of gesture and movement, and particularly the varied and sensitive line quality they display. His drawings contain mark making at its very best.

As a friend David, with his generosity of spirit, simply by being David enhances our Thursday afternoons, and transforms them into an extraordinary shared art experience.

There are no words that are high enough praise to honour our beloved David and express what he means to us. We know he has inspired dozens of other artists all around Melbourne for years and years, but we still believe he is ours.

Thank you David.

Rosemary Price, Coordinator, Whitehorse Arts Association.

Masks for Life Drawing

In accordance with DHHS guidelines (from 5pm on 31 December 2020) you must wear a fitted face mask when you are in public indoor spaces unless you have a lawful reason not to.

This includes when visiting places such as:

  • shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets and indoor markets
  • hospitals and aged care facilities
  • restaurants and cafes, except when you are eating or drinking
  • churches and places of worship
  • libraries
  • indoor recreational facilities and gyms
  • indoor workplaces.
  • Life drawing and life modelling classes held indoors fall under this guideline and we remind all participants that masks are mandatory, this includes for the model.

    Let’s all make sure we can keep doing the things we love by following current guidelines.

    Any feedback on sessions held in Melbourne can be send to us directly, via email

    Further information is available from the Victoria Government: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/face-masks

    New Model and Member Workshops

    Two new member/model workshops (hosted over Zoom) are scheduled for early January, 5 & 12, 5:30pm-9:00pm.

    Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Life Models’ Society (LMS) must attend a workshop. This helps allow us to vouch for you as a responsible model, and to help you understand the modelling environment in Melbourne.

    In the workshop potential model/members are tutored by very experienced life models who will show them through various poses; explaining what to expect at a modelling session for artists.

    The workshops are a very good way to develop physicality and to get the good oil on what to do in front of your audience (usually made up of very grateful artists).

    All the good, the bad, and the slightly awkward issues are covered here and will conclude with potential models ready to go out and get work within the art world. Some of the potential models are asked to work in the LMS salons, so artists can experience drawing models on the LMS list.

    Anyone interested in registering for the January workshops should click the link here for more information.

    LMS Office Closures

    The Life Models’ Society office will be closed for the holidays from 5pm, 24 December 2020, until 9am, 2 January, 2021.

    We’ll get back to you as soon as we’re back after a well deserved break.

    We would like to thank everyone who has supported the arts, life models, and life drawing arts through 2020.

    I hope we can count on your continued support in 2021.

    Model memberships and artist subscription renewal are due 31 January. Enquiries around payments should be directed to our email address.

    Two new member/model workshops (hosted over Zoom) are scheduled for early January, 5 & 12, 5:30pm-9:00pm. Anyone interested in registering for these workshops should click the link here for more information.

    In Memoriam

    It is with great sadness the LMS acknowledges the passing of our long-time friend and artist, Gary Cassidy.

    For over a decade, Gary had been respected and liked by the LMS community and by artists groups where he drew. His artworks are colourful and full of contrast which created dynamic pictorial representations.

    A stalwart at the LMS model’s workshops and Sunday life drawing at Princes Hill Community Centre, Gary made models feel at ease, whether they were anxious and just starting out, or confident and experienced.

    He will be greatly missed by all who have known him. He was generous with his time and kind towards others, especially those in our society who were vulnerable as he also was living on the fringe. I will never forget the times I have gotten to know Gary, spent with him and shared with him.

    -Patrick Loverso

    News

    September Updates
    Our constitution has been updated. New version is available here.
    2019 Annual general meeting minutes are available here.
    Various dates for 2020 have been updated on our events page.

    Update to minimum rates
    The minimum rate for drawing increased to $40.00 per hour, for a minimum of two hours, as of 1 July 2019.

    In no way do we think this reflects the true value of modeling, and it simply represents the bare minimum our members will accept. We continue to encourage models to charge what they feel is fair for their skills and the venues ability to pay.

    2018 AGM Meeting Minutes
    Meeting Minutes for end of 2018 are available here.