I went to the Austin Figurative Gallery to paint tonight. They have a cool set up. The front of it is the Blue Ocean Gallery, which shows beautiful hand-made furniture. It's an old industrial space where in the front is the gallery and in the back is a complete woodworking workshop and painting studio. They get models and the deal is quite a bit like the AVAA, put down five dollars and paint for a couple of hours.
The atmosphere is much better at the AFG as opposed to the AVAA. There are no senior citizens or smooth jazz at the AFG. A much younger and hipper crowd overall. Still a sausage fest, however. I'd think that art would be a fairly gender neutral pursuit. But everywhere I go it's all dudes. How the hell am I supposed to impress women with my skills when it's all guys?
Amperesand donated some large boards to them, so my paintings tonight were 4" x 2". That's feet, not inches. I'm not used to painting that large at all. Most of my paintings are done on gessoed 12 packs of beer. They came out fairly well. I was surprised. I took a photo of the paintings next to a Billy bookcase from IKEA to give some context to show how big they are. It looks like the price of the bookcase has gone up. I think I only paid $20 for mine.