I’m Listening

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Today I was the model for the Yosemite Western Artists, Live Model Session at the Gertrude School.
I posed for 3 hours. (We work in thirty-minute chunks of time. (Twenty minutes on and ten minutes off.)
I didn’t have too much trouble sitting still. But not talking um, that was a bit harder 🙂

I played a few of my old tunes during the breaks and even tried out a new one on them.  The artists were a kind audience.

Being on the other side of the brush was an interesting experience. Here I was, surrounded by folks who were creating wonderful things . I was so inspired! I wanted to paint,  or write,  or play my guitar, but I needed to hold my pose.

I kept my eyes focused on two paintings on the back wall and really listened to them.  Then I listened to my fellow artists. And finally, I listened to myself. It was a great and meditative experience.

 

 

Setting Up
Setting Up

 

I love how they all saw something different, and thought I’d share with you their wonderful work in progress:. (If they have a site, you’ll be able to click on the artist name below each picture to see more of their work.)

 

Cheryl Creamer
Cheryl Creamer

 

Juanita Smith
Juanita Smith

 

Doug Boomer
Doug Boomer

 

Terry Robinson
Terry Robinson

 

Phyllis McAdams
Phyllis McAdams

 

Mary Jane Brewster
Mary Jane Brewster
Anita Shapiro
Anita Shapiro

 

 

 

Listening was good for me. I need to do more of that…

Now I’m ready to get back to the other side of the brush 🙂

 

 UPDATE 6.20.15

Here’s Phyliis McAdams finished piece. I  love it!

Phyllis Shannon

10 Responses

  1. Cheryl Calhoun
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    What a neat experience. Everyone has such a different take and style!
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  2. Phyllis McAdams
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    You were a great model Shannon and so entertaining. Loved hearing your songs.

    • Shannon Grissom
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      Aww now thanks Phyllis! You made my day 🙂

  3. Adriana J. Garces
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    Hi Shannon:
    I enjoyed reading this piece and viewing the results of your fellow artists’ work. I don’t know that I can have as much patience! I congratulate you on being able to sit patiently through the session. It’s also wonderful how music can bring us peace and a much needed addition to otherwise ordinary or difficult moments. You’ve passed a test of growth and determination! Have fun with the rest

    • Shannon Grissom
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      🙂 Thanks Adriana. Yes… the arts are such gifted healers!

  4. James
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    How awesome to be the inspiration of so much work!
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  5. Sandee Scott
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    Fun! Laughed out loud (don’t think she would mind) at Anita’s portrayal of you! Guess I’ll have to bring my piano to Gertrude when it’s my turn to model.

    • Shannon Grissom
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      Huge grin, thanks so much Sandee! And yes, bring your piano! I’m looking forward to painting your portrait!