Figurative painters sometimes open their live sessions to other painters who want to draw or paint from a live model, and who will contribute a few dollars to help pay for the model. These sessions are excellent opportunities for sharpening drawing and painting skills, and to rub shoulders with other painters. I look for and join in these studio sessions as often as I can. Last Wednesday was my first visit to Howard Lyon's studio for his weekly portrait session. The model that night wore her hair up in a unique braid. My drawing of her is shown above. For more about drawing sessions, go to "Labels" on the side bar and click on "sketching" or "drawing."