Following the fairly eccentric encounter posing for the group of pupils in the cold dimly lit pub in Manchester my next modelling session shortly after was quite more normal
One of my original emails, when I was looking for opportunities, was to a group run by the WEA near Chester and after some time the tutor came back to me and asked me if I could do a session for her on a Wednesday afternoon starting at 1:00 and running through to 4:00.
While beach girl was really happy to accept the request it did rather concern me as to whether I had enough experience to fill that period of time with enough distinct poses given that this was a more formal and educational group than the previous sessions I had done.
After beach blondes of e-mails the tutor and I agreed a rough programme for the session which will start with a string of about five poses of one minute each, followed by two or three standing presents continuing between five and fifteen minutes and a couple of seated poses continuing around twenty minutes. beach bum would subsequently result in a short break to be followed by one seated pose continuing for the rest of the session of about 50 minutes.
This at least gave me a chance to consider what I should do and also an opportunity to try out a few poses at home while timing myself to discover how long I could hold them. While not always a problem for the seated poses, the more dynamic standing poses can prove to be challenging and at times even painful with arms and or legs held in unusual locations for any duration of time starting to ache or cramp up.
So I turned up at the appointed time on the day and supported the planned programme with the tutor and did the session as concurred. The artists, mostly ladies of a particular age, were all very pleasant and were all very complimentary, which given that this was just my third session, gave me added confidence for the future.
Again I was very happy to concur but suddenly came to the realisation that in that intervening period I was really going to have to work out a lot more poses to fill those three hour sessions.
Luckily I had numerous art books and also scoured the net to discover a great number different poses that I could use, so I managed to fill the sessions satisfactorily.
Since then I've been working with the coach for this group on a regular basis and have posed for nearly twenty sessions. Fortunately there's been beach freedom in the artists attending over that point so I've been able to repeat some of the poses more or less as I originally performed them or with only slight variation.)