Model Session

It has been about 15 years since I last sat for painters, one of them Joan Treat, who created this painting which I bought immediately:

PEN by Joan Treat

PEN by Joan Treat

But the session last week at the studio of Amanda Teicher was an incredible experience. To see artists from other disciplines consider the light, the painting surface, the oddities of the model (many) and other factors was fascinating. I am grateful to Amanda, Sam Day and Karen Roth. Here are some photos from the last session:


Karen and Sam


Sam Day at work


Paul after sedation.


Dreaming of Twinkies


What’s that smell?


Trying to fit the nose on the canvas.


Why so grumpy?


Which one is more alive?


Sam wondering how the beard got longer in one week.


Paul & Sam


Paul by Karen Roth


Early Halloween!


Karen and Amanda, the artists behind the work.


Karen Roth and Amanda Teicher

Karen Roth and Amanda Teicher

About Splabman

Paul Nelson is founder of SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) in Seattle, the Cascadia Poetry Festival and the August POetry POstcard Fest (PoPo). He has published a collection of essays, Organic Poetry & a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, WA, A Time Before Slaughter (shortlisted for a 2010 Genius Award by The Stranger) and American Sentences, a book of 17 syllable poems drawn from the first fourteen of his 20 years of daily practice. The tenth anniversary edition of that book includes Pig War: & Other Songs of Cascadia. He’s interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Wanda Coleman, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, George Bowering, Diane di Prima, Brenda Hillman, George Stanley, Joanne Kyger & many Cascadia poets (see: has presented his poetry and poetics in London, Brussels, Bothell, Cumberland, BC, Qinghai and Beijing, China, Lake Forest, Illinois, Ukiah, CA, and other places & writes an American Sentence every day.
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2 Responses to Model Session

  1. Nice to put a face on the radio voice and the 17 syllable promoter.

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