Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Fine tuned Tuesday

Well friends,

We have sure been busy around here today. Just clicking away
at life. It was nice and cool -- my favorite spring
weather. I wrote my list of things to manage last night and got through most of them.

What I didn't do was try and weed the masses of forget-me-nots out of my garden. Apparently it was once thought that if your sweetheart wore these flowers near his heart, he
wouldn't forget you. Mine would look odd leading a seminar in Calgary with a little bouquet of these delicate blue beauties tucked in his dress shirt pocket. So I trust that I'm not that easy to forget. Yes the plant is invasive, determined, but undeniably way beyond pretty in its sapphire dominion over our yard. I plunked
a bunch in an old enamel jug.

I'm also sprouting morning glory seeds, pictured
here beside a vase of the perfect roses Steven buys me
each week to ensure my memory stays sharp.

Tonight I got to class with about 40 minutes left. The
voluptuous model had glowing skin, and a mane of long
curly chestnut hair, so I set to work. I'd pre-painted the
canvas with a red ground, ideally suited to her skin tone.
I'm training myself to see what I want to focus on quickly,
because I rarely have more than an hour to paint in class.
So here's my sketch.

Have an Elysian day!

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I paint and draw on commission and for shows. To commission a portrait, or purchase one of my paintings please contact me at: barbara.muir@sympatico.ca
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!