Adventures with Basil

Many years ago, when I had thought that I may have enough talent to do figurative drawing, I purchased a standard tool for artists: an artist mannequin. It didn’t take long for me to discover that I simply did NOT have what it took to be a good figure drawing artist – most of my faces came out looking like Elmer Fudd… Which, of course, is perfectly fine if that is what you are going for… but I wasn’t.

Which left me with: what to do with the artist mannequin?

By this time, I had named him: Basil. As most of you know, my favorite artist is Wassily (or Vasily – it depends on what source you are looking at) Kandinsky. Wassily/Vasily is Russian for Basil – so you see where this is going, right? Also, one of my absolute favorite British comedies is Fawlty Towers (please, if you have not had a chance to see this show – do so, it is one of the funniest things I have ever seen #JohnCleese)… so Basil just made sense.

Starting in 2012, I had the idea of taking pictures of Basil in ordinary and extraordinary situations (I will be totally honest: some of the best situations that Basil got into during this time period, my partner thought up)… so we have pictures of Basil at the beach, making snow angels after a blizzard, in book stores, hiking, rock climbing, chatting up a mermaid in Rockport, MA, on the Freedom Trail in Boston… you know, normal artist mannequin things you would expect an off-duty artist mannequin to be doing 🙂

And then… I started to forget to take Basil out on our adventures… and he just ended up sitting in my art studio, patiently waiting for the fun to begin again.

Recently, I started to work on increasing my social media presence and try to stick to a more regular blogging schedule… and I looked around for inspiration for a recurring blog theme/post idea… and there he was… Basil, just sitting there patiently, waiting for the adventures to start up again… and I thought: why not?

Why not have Basil join me on artist dates, studio time, art supply shopping trips, visits to the museums – yes, I even got Basil into the Boston Museum of Fine Arts once – pretty much include him in anything art-related.

So, here’s Basil (check out how excited he is during this photo shoot!) – introducing the two art books that I just ordered:20190511_103344-1

I can’t even begin to tell you how exited I am about both of these books, but the “Ninth Street  Women” book, I tell you, I have only had it for a couple of days and I can’t put it down, it’s that good.

I have learned more about New York artists in the 1930’s and 1940’s in the first 80 pages of this book than I  learned in almost a dozen biographies of artists from this period. It is the most well-rounded biography of multiple individuals that I have ever come across. #MaryGabriel YOU ROCK. I can’t wait to see what how this develops.

So, getting back to Basil: our first big test will be in a couple of weeks when we will have an entire art weekend together… and from there, we will resume our regular adventures… together 🙂

#WhiteRoosterStudio #Basil


If you enjoy the projects, pictures and posts, please see free to comment – feedback is encouraged and is always welcome.

Please check out White Rooster Studio:

  • If you enjoy this blog, please enter your email address by going to the Menu, then the Home Page to have White Rooster Studio’s blog sent directly to you once it is published.
  • You can also follow White Rooster Studio by using the direct links from the blog’s headers. For FB, please click on the FB button, and if you click on VIDA COLLECTION or ETSY SHOP you will be directed to those sites immediately.
  • Any questions, comments? Please email

White Rooster Studio

Copyright @2019 White Rooster Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s