Last night’s observations from Stalker Drawing at City Coffeehouse in Allen Park, Michigan.
Drawings from City Coffeehouse in Allen Park, Michigan USA. I made these at the “Stalker Drawing” coffee meet that I co-hosted with my friend and fellow artist, Jennifer Rose Evans.
Drawing strangers at City Coffeehouse in Allen Park.
Fine art and nude models / life drawing.
This past Saturday, February 23rd, 2013, I was having a nice dinner with Andy. We were discussing drawing. I was asking him if he would do some nude modeling for me. Then I was discussing which friends and people I know who might model also and maybe I could get multiple people to model in one shot for my drawings.
Suddenly, a blonde girl in her 20’s (a college type of girl) wearing Abercrombie or Victoria secret sweatshirt and pants interrupted at the next table and stuck her head under the divider curtain. “Excuse me?! Did you just say nude modeling?"
Her two blonde girlfriends around the same age were looking over at us. I said, "Yes.”
She was using a tone of disgust as she said, “Don’t you know there are children present and this is sickening that you can talk about that during dinner. That is inappropriate conversation.”
The only children in the restaurant was one baby if you must know.
I addressed her calmly and said that anyone can take their children to the DIA (Detroit Institute of Art) and see nude Northern Renaissance paintings and other artwork without it being vulgar, so how does my talking about having nude models for drawing equal something vulgar as it is fine art.
She then carried on with her girlfriends about how she can’t believe I would say that and it is like porn and the nerve of me comparing an art museum nudes to my own personal artwork. Throughout the whole evening, she sat at the next table complaining to her friends about how vulgar I was being. Never did I mention the words sex, vagina, penis, or anything other than the words “nude models” and “nude modeling.”
As we were leaving the restaurant, the woman decided to express to her friends about how I looked like a freak. I don’t think she was fully satisfied with how I don’t find it inappropriate to discuss art and modeling during dinner, that she needed to try and cut me down.
I did not speak to her further as I didn’t feel it would end well. I enjoy going to this restaurant and do not want ignorant patrons to ruin it for me.
It is interesting how someone can buy clothing based on sexual innuendos in advertising can be so ignorant when it comes to art, discussion of art and not being shamed of what is under everyone’s clothes.
Along with this post are two life drawings that I drew of Andy modeling for me the next morning. It was a morning of studying form, clothing and fabric. My cat watched patiently for me to get up and put food in her bowl.