My Life as a Model

I was forced (gently) to pose for my Monday life group because our scheduled model just did not show up.  That happens rarely, but often enough so that we know how to cope.  The organizer, unless someone else volunteers, has to step up and be the model.  Not necessarily nude.   It was too cold Monday in the studio for a nude model anyway.  Having nothing much else to think about while I was posing, I  plotted to snap photos of everyone’s interpretation of me and use them for my blog post.  And Monday was not my first rodeo, so I decided to incorporate all of my experiences as a model.  It’s a theme.

Back in 2011 when the model was late to Peter Clive’s class on drawing with color, I sat for maybe 20 minutes while Peter did a demo.  Peter gave me the sketch:


Peter has a new website here.

Then a few years later, Cameron Bennett asked me to pose for a project that constituted his Master’s thesis in the MFA program at Lesley University.  (He got his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art.  The many art colleges in Boston confuse me–are there some with alternate identities?)  I knew I could do it since (they said) I had sat so very still for Peter.  The duration of Cameron’s pose might have been as much as two hours.  After many months –while Cameron worked on the very large painting that utilized, as one smallish element, his charcoal drawing of me–I received my “payment”–the charcoal sketch itself.  Alas, his large painting  cannot be found on his website here.  I think he liked the charcoal study  better than the finished product; he seemed reluctant to hand it over to me.  It is pretty awesome.  Note the length of the nose–it’s right on!  (This becomes relevant later on.)


Finally, what you have been waiting for:  the six pieces created/inspired by my recent gig–a full three hours.  Well, actually 2 and 3/4 hours since we spent 15 minutes waiting for the scheduled model.

Those who voiced any opinion at all thought I did good, especially praising my choice of colors when I got dressed that morning (lime green and cobalt blue).  Even one who does not draw or paint in color appreciated the color scheme.













I didn’t attach names, only media, because at least one did not want to be identified with her product.  Contributors are:  Barbara, Nancy C, Jan, Cavaleen, Laura, Nancy H.  Somehow Louise got away before I could get a photo of her piece.

And just for good measure, here is my most recent self-portrait:


Not very recent though–2011 is the date on the photo.  I was still doing long noses then.  Otherwise, I daresay it looks mostly like me, staring in a mirror with unprecedented concentration.  Note the same earring shows up in Peter’s sketch.  Those were my 2011 earrings.  I have moved on, albeit reluctantly.

Aline Lotter is currently exhibiting:

at the Hatfield Gallery and the East Colony Fine Art Gallery in Manchester (both are in Langer Place, 55 S. Commercial St., Manchester, NH); at the Bartlett Inn in Bartlett; at the Red Jacket Inn in North Conway; at the Bernerhof Inn in Glen; at the New London Inn in New London; at the law offices of Mesmer and Deleault at 41 Brook St in Manchester; at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Manchester (but access is limited to patients and health care workers). And for the month of December, at the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester NH.

You may also view paintings with prices and order prints, iPhone cases and the like at my Fine Art America page. If the painting you are interested in is not there, or if you prefer to bypass that experience, you may contact me by email to

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18 responses to “My Life as a Model

  1. Great post, Aline. Cameron’s sketch is amazingly spot on – a WOW. I hope Peter Clive doesn’t teach portrait classes. Of the offerings from your session – the oil painting nails it. The others are lovely figurative renderings, each competent in one aspect or another (hair, fabric, shadow, etc) and I might guess that you were the model in one or two, but most are not YOU … but then this is figure study/drawing, not portrait, right?


  2. Peter’s drawing of you really captures YOU. The colored portrait is probably the best rendering in terms of costume, proportions and pose in general, You ARE a good model, but how can you sit still long enough with a straight face etc. Good job. E.


    • Of course I got breaks every 20 minutes. The key is to relax so that you aren’t trying to hold a pose; you’re just trying not to move.

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  3. AHHHH, Aline! What a wonderful writing, I enjoy your postings so much but this one is the best! I loved each one’s rendition of your nose…:) Cameron’s portrait of you, wow, what an excellent gift. Thank you so much, Janice


  4. Talented artists, of course, but what a wonderful model! I hope they appreciate their subject and ask you back, and I hope they portray you in the act of painting, th e way we will all remember you,


  5. It is totally interesting to see all the different pictures of the same model. Nearly all of them would be good hanging on a wall without seeing the subject personally, but I thought all of them missed badly. Cameron’s was lovely, not quite you. Your own was good, but missed a bit. Who did the pretty one you use as your blog photo? that’s the best one, to my view.