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1. Can you describe the image that was painted on you during your body painting session with Mark Greenawalt?
I'm painted as an outlaw with bandoleers of ammunition over both shoulders.
2. How did you first hear about Mark Greenawalt's body painting artform and how did you get involved?
A photographer I was working with asked me if I'd be interested in the idea of body painting...ironically, I'd already been researching bodypainters to set up a shoot!! I was thrilled at the idea!
3. Was this your first experience at being body painted? If not describe previous sessions.
This was my first experience being a living work of art but definitely NOT my last...
4. What were your reasons for modeling for a body painting session with Mark Greenawalt?
It's always been in my nature to be "unique"...whether it's style, hobbies, art or trying something new. I'm drawn to living "outside the box", so to speak. I wanted to try something very different from mainstream. What better way to express ourselves than to become the art itself?
5. Do you have previous modeling experience? If so, please list any highlights.
Yes, but mostly amateur. I'm new to the modeling world, but blessed to have fallen into such a fantastic group of professionals- both painters and photographers.
6. What does it feel like to get painted?
It depends on whether he uses the airbrush or an actual brush. The airbrush is cold but fast. The paint brush is barely felt but can be a killer depending on how ticklish you are! ha! Holding still for long periods of time was difficult. I stayed focused on the end result which gave me patience!
7. What advice would you give another model who is considering being bodypainted by Mark Greenawalt?
My advice comes from one of my biggest complaints in photography...props are everything!! That includes the site for your shoot. In my opinion, there's nothing more tacky than a fantastic model with great form but in a lousy setting with bad props! If you're going through all the time & effort your painting will take...take care as well to plan your setting and props.
8. What were the reactions of people that saw your images (friends, relatives, significant others, etc.)?
"Wow!" has been the word of choice for everyone who's seen Mark's work.
9. Which of Mark's bodypaintings is your favorite (besides your own, of course)?
The cheetah...most definitely has my vote!! Great job, Tanya!
10. Would you consider being painted again by Mark Greenawalt?
ABSOLUTELY! We have already been conspiring on a couple ideas I hope to bring into reality in the coming year.
11. If you were to be painted again, what type of image would you like to try?
That's currently under raps. In my limited experience, I've seen many of my ideas come to life without my knowledge before I had the chance to make them my own. Consult those you trust will assist YOU in creating your project!
12. Describe the atmosphere of the session (relaxed, awkward, rushed, professional, etc.).
The session was truly the most FUN I've had at a shoot. My session was a little rushed ONLY because another model and myself were working a separate shoot prior to Mark having to paint BOTH of us which took some time. Then both of us had to be photographed before we lost precious light. Still~ we laughed through the whole event.
13. Did you feel or seem like you were wearing clothes once you were painted?
I DID feel clothed! You feel the paint on you as you move around. It's of course an unusual feeling but it does make you feel covered.
14. Where did you get painted and where did you do the photoshoot?
I was painted at a bed and breakfast in Scottsdale. The shoot was done just outside the room on the veranda and surrounding grounds.
15. Looking back, what was your favorite part of getting body painted?
Finally viewing the finished product in all the photos!!!
16. Looking back, what was your least favorite part of getting body painted?
We happened to shoot on one of the hottest days last summer. Not only was it difficult for all of us to be out in that heat and be patient enough for a long shoot but the paint doesn't cooperate under extreme heat. Between the sun and our perspiration- it became difficult to shoot any longer. The paint began to lift off our skin so we were forced to wrap things up!
17. Do you associate body painting more with art or with porn?
The reason there will never be a correct answer for this question is because photos of the human body in ANY form cause different emotions for different people. It's true what someone once said, "It's all in the eye of the beholder." I don't get involved with photography I'm not proud of so of course I see my work as art. A good rule of thumb is~ if you can't look upon something without feeling bad or guilty about it --then it's bad for YOU...
18. What celebrity would you like to see body painted and why?
Tough question...I've never wanted to BE a celebrity so I find it too difficult to answer. I'll have to get back to you on that.
19. How easy did the paint come off?
Incredibly easy!~ Believe me when I say getting the paint off was MUCH easier than putting it on!
20. What comments do you have about body painter Mark Greenawalt (be careful, he may quote you on this)?
Mark Greenawalt has not only has an incredible ability to bring art to life through a moving canvass but gives US the ability to express ourselves like never before!!