Barbara Jo Kingsley
I have lived in Huntington Station, LI, New York for 19 years. My artwork has been exhibited as part of many gallery shows and is also a part of various private collections in the United States and Japan where I lived and taught.
I work with a model, using short poses as I try to capture the unexpected with my brush or pen. The results are animated, calligraphic, in often humorous, story-telling juxtapositions. My figures convey a spectrum of emotions from the comic to somber. Sometimes they reflect the struggles and confusion of humanity, and other times they evoke an ethereal dreamlike state of peace.
Although I work from a model, I am most interested in interpretation rather than representation of what I see before me. By having the model do short poses, one does not have time to think about being accurate. One must draw as fast as as possible, and hand-eye coordination is tested to the extreme with the shortest one-minute poses. However, that is often when some of the most delightful images of the model happen, with a sense of mood or character that one often does not get when working carefully on a long pose. I encourage artists and students to come to the workshop for drawing practice and camaraderie, but also with an open mind to the possibilities of creating something exceptional.