Saturday, May 3, 2008

For the love of family

I'm sure the luckiest artists have families who respect their work,
and encourage their progress. I am especially blessed in that
regard. My immediate family -- my husband and two sons gave
up their living room and dining room to be used as a studio
in 2001. It doesn't matter that when we had our basement
renovated the TV moved downstairs and suddenly the living
room and dining room were vacant. Nature abhors a vacuum
I'm told, and in our house that meant I moved in. But I was
in the way long before that. When I took over the two rooms
I began painting in acrylic. When I was a
watercolour fanatic I frequently occupied the kitchen table,
which was why we had so many lights installed in the kitchen
when we renovated.

But my extended family also supports my art. Their houses
are decorated with my work, they buy my paintings, and are
kind in their comments. I've talked to you before about
the importance of positive influences. My family is
definitely in the encouragement camp.

Shorelines, The Gatineau River
My Brother Andrew
12" x 12"
acrylic on canvas
For Sale

My brother Andrew and I support each other in
our artistic efforts (He's a writer, was a host on an
Ottawa talk show about art, a conceptual artist,
an excellent painter, and a photographer).
We've also worked together on numerous projects
writing and editing articles, speeches, web sites.

Andy is one of the funniest people I know with
a sharp wit. Working with him is like all the best
working relationships because we laugh so much
no matter what we're doing.

This painting of Andrew is one of my husband's
favourites -- he likes a photographic style. I certainly
wasn't aiming for that, but I did the painting from a
photo reference and maybe that shows. The painting
is a 12" x 12" square. It looks less vibrant here
than it is in real life. One day I hope to paint
similar paintings of everyone I know, and clip
them together to make one huge work.

Have an approving day!


Anonymous said...

Barbara, I found this website for a cali painter that I thought you might enjoy

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Flora,

I was still writing my blog when your
comment came in. I do like her
work, it reminds me of the work
Bob Burridge is doing now.
Bed time.


Portrait Artist

My photo
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I paint and draw on commission and for shows. To commission a portrait, or purchase one of my paintings please contact me at:
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!