"It's a drawing party" I T9-ed in a text to my friend, Trisha.
Then erased it, picking up the phone and leaving a voice message about the drawing party, happening at the Art Works Studio every Wednesday in Larchmont Village.
Champagne, Larchmont Larder dinner and a (live) male nude model were too much to explain in text form.
It was also too much to explain to my boyfriend, telling him I had a girl party, i.e. no boys allowed to go to Wednesday night.
Trisha and I giggled as we walked into the studio on the corner of Larchmont and Melrose just past 7 PM.
We giggled as we sat down at an artistic table scape joined by six other delightful women.
We giggled as we took a few sips of champagne, bonding in giddiness with the other ladies at our table, including the brilliant and ultra creative owner of ArtWorks, Cyndi Finkle, who graciously invited me and a friend (Trisha) to the party.
Champagning and Noshing: a great way to get the party started.
The Art Works studio is very inviting with a Zen/Spa like quality to it, with free flowing cucumber water, fresh fruit offered in multiple areas of the space, and cool details everywhere that caught my eye.
I was a little scared.
I didn't think I could sketch a live nude. I figured it was something reserved solely for art majors. The nervous (but in a good way) giggling continued.
After a quick lesson in charcoals and rubber-eraser mechanics, the model waltzed in and we began our first set of three poses for the night. Since I haven't taken an official drawing class in 15 years, it was great to have a relaxed instructor giving feedback and help as we sketched (and sipped pinot grigio and continued to giggle). I started to relax and sketch.
There is nothing to be scared about. What was I thinking?
Weeee! My first nude sketch!
Trisha's first sketch, Bravo!
After each sketch, our works of art were hung on the wall as we moved on to our next pose. It was all too much fun, that is why, Cyndi explained, there have been many a memorable bachelorette party/65th birthday party/Girl party at the Studio. It's perfect and it's brilliant.
By the third pose, all of our drawings had improved dramatically. It was a magnificent party, not only were we having loads of fun, but also doing something some creative.
Pose #3: The Merman
The model came out afterward to check out the artwork.
After three glorious hours, my belly was full of gourmet food, thirst was quenched (with champagne, chilled white wine and cucumber water) and my creative soul was nourished leaving me feeling very happy. The giggles, however, still continued as our drawings were rolled up and handed to us as a party souvenir.
More information on the drawing party can be found: here
660 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004