Wednesday, March 12, 2008
No school at all
I was at school
and got out late.
I handed back the
first serious essay
in one course,
and my students
lined up after class
to ask questions. On the way home I started thinking about
Richard Diebenkorn. The photo above is of Diebenkorn's
"Interior with view." I never enjoyed the stretch of the Allen
Road that runs by a string of industrial warehouses on Dufferin,
until a friend turned me on to Diebenkorn's paintings.
Since that day I've been thinking about how to make a landscape
more abstract, and realizing that Toronto's flat warehouse
buildings would be perfect subject matter. This may seem
a strange preoccupation for a portrait painter. But,
it's all form and it's all painting. There's a long list of
painters I admire, and they don't conform to one
type, or one school. Check out more Diebenkorn at:
Here's a shot of the backyard I thought I could simplify into shapes.
- Barbara Muir
- Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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A major highlight in my career? Drawing Oprah Winfrey live via Skype for her show "Where in the Skype are you? Galleries: Studio Vogue Gallery, Toronto, Canada. The Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York City. Gallery at the Porch Door, Kingston, Canada. Your positive comments on this blog mean the world to me. I'd love to hear from you!