Life drawing: female to male

Maxine Stibbe in her working studio, Noosaville. Photo: Jordan Cullen.

By JOLENE OGLE

Local gallery artist Maxine Stibbe is turning her attention from the female to male form, all in the name of good fun.
As a mother of two and after a five-year break, Maxine said it was time to get back into the art industry and what better way to make a splash than with life drawing parties.
“This is a great way for a group of women to get together and have some fun,” she said.
Maxine has been running life drawing parties with a male model in Brisbane and said the classes were always booked out months in advance.
“It is just a great vibe and awesome fun,” she said.
“The class is perfect for a group of girls to all get together whether it’s for a Hen’s party or a birthday party,” she said.
“Some people say they can only draw a stick figure, but that’s what I’m here for. I will take them from a stick figure to being able to draw the model’s form.”
Maxine has been involved in the local and international art scene since the late 1980s, with her first solo show opened in 2001 by the then Minister for Art, Matt Foley.
Since then, Maxine has maintained a focus on the female form and women’s issues in her art.
“I believe there is a ‘her-story’, as 50 per cent of the population are women,” she said.
“Women like to look at women thoughts and philosophy and I’m interested in hearing what women have to say. I know what I, as a woman is thinking and I think other women might think that, too.”
Maxine said while women had a beautiful form, men do, too, and she looked forward to bringing that to life through the life drawing parties.
“It is a great way to celebrate a birthday with friends and it really is a lot of fun and a good night out,” she said.
The life drawing parties are held at Maxine’s working studio in Outside Noosa, 16 Mary Street, Noosaville. Phone 0414 725 424 for more information or to book a life drawing party.

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